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Chief Justice of the Republic of Malta
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Vincent A. De Gaetano

since 2002
Style His Honour the Chief Justice
Appointer Guido de Marco
as the Head of State
Term length Until he attains the age of 65.
Inaugural holder Giuseppe Borg Olivier
Formation 1814

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The Chief Justice of Malta is the head of the judicial branch of the Republic of Malta. The Chief Justice leads the business of the Supreme Court and is appointed by the President of Malta acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister of Malta. The Chief Justice of Malta is ex officio Deputy Chairman of the Commission for the Administration of Justice of Malta with the President of Malta Chairman.

The Incumbent Chief Justice of Malta is Vincent A. De Gaetano.

Detailed Constitutional Powers

98.(1) If the office of Chief Justice is vacant or if the Chief Justice is for any reason unable to perform the functions of his office, then, until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office or until the Chief Justice has resumed those functions, as the case may be, those functions shall (except to such extent, if any, as other provision is made by law) be performed by such one of the other judges of the Superior Courts as may be designated in that behalf by the President, acting in accordance with the advice of the Prime Minister.

Chief Justices

# Name Took Office Left Office
1 Sir Giuseppe Borg Olivier GCMG 1814 1818
2 Walter Rodwell Wright 1819 1826
3 Sir John Stoddart 1826 1838
4 Sir Ignazio Gavino Bonavito GCMG 1839 1853
5 Sir Paolo Dingli GCMG 1854 1859
6 Sir Antonio Micallef GCMG 1859 1880
7 Sir Adrian Dingli GCMG 1880 1894
8 Sir Giuseppe Carbone GCMG, KCMG 1895 1913
9 Sir Vincenzo Frendo Azzopardi Kt. Bach, CMG 1915 1919
10 Prof. Sir Michelangelo Refalo Kt Bach, CBE 1919 1923
11 Prof. Sir Arturo Mercieca Kt. Bach. 1924 1940
12 Sir George Borg Kt. Bach, MBE 1941 1952
13 Sir Luigi Camilleri Kt. Bach 1952 1957
14 Prof. Sir Anthony Mamo Kt. Bach 1957 1971
13 Prof. John J.Cremona LL.D KOM, KM 1971 1981
14 Dr Caremlo Schembri LL.D 1981 1987
15 Prof Hugh W.Harding LL.D 1987 1990
16 Prof. Giuseppe Mifsud-Bonnici LL.D 1990 1995
17 Dr. Joseph Said Pullcino LL.D 1995 2002
18 Dr. Noel Arrigo LL.D 2002 2002
19 Dr. Vincent De Gaetano LL.D 2002 Incumbent

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