EU Legal Professionals
EU (NON-MALTESE) LEGAL PROFESSIONALS WISHING TO PRACTISE IN MALTA
EU (Non-Maltese) Legal Professionals wishing to practise their legal profession in Malta will be required to register with the local competent authority. Such registration will entitle them to practise under their home country professional title. Should such professionals wish to gain admission to the legal profession in Malta they would have to apply for a local warrant. Further information is indicated hereunder:
Primarily the legal professional has to register in Malta. Registration is carried out by filling the relevant application form titled ‘Application for registration to practise the legal profession in Malta under the Home-Country professional title’. As indicated in such form, in order to register applicants would have to provide copies of their birth certificate, their identification document/passport, a certified copy of their qualification, an appostille certificate issued by the Competent Authority of the Member State in which the qualification has been obtained, a certificate of conduct, and a certificate attesting to registration with the competent authority of the Member State concerned. On registering in Malta, the legal professional would be entitled to practise locally strictly under his/her home country professional title. Applications should be sent to:
DR MARK SAID - Senior Counsel,
Office of the Director General, Strategy & Support,
MINISTRY FOR JUSTICE, CULTURE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Chateau De La Ville,
21, Archbishop Street, Valletta, Malta.
t: +356 25674331 e: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.mjcl.gov.mt
b) Applying for a Warrant
Applicants wishing to gain admission to the legal profession in Malta (i.e. applying for a local warrant) should (following registration) proceed with the second step in the process, namely by filling in an application form, titled ‘Application for gaining admission to the legal profession in Malta and to practise it under the professional title corresponding to the profession in Malta’.
To be eligible, an applicant should have practised law in Malta for a period of at least three years, including experience in Maltese law. Information on such practise, including a letter of practise from the employer/referee should be annexed to the application form. When filling in such form, the applicant should provide details of his/her employer(s) and the dates of practice. He/she should also provide an evaluation report on the equivalence of his/her legal qualifications, a copy of his/her identity document/passport and a certificate of conduct.
Subsequent to submitting his/her application, the EU legal professional would be invited to attend an interview in order to assess his/her competence.
The above-indicated forms (both for Registration and for applying for a local warrant) can be either downloaded from this website or obtained from and returned to the Justice Unit within the Ministry for Justice,Culture and Local Government, 21 Archbishop Street, Valletta.
The Malta Qualifications Recognition Information Centre is the competent body that recognises qualifications against the Malta Qualifications Framework It provides recognition and comparability of both academic and vocational qualifications. on the website http://www.ncfhe.org.mt/content/home-malta-qualifications-recognition-information-centre/52002817/
d) Online Application Form
o Legal Notice 273 of 2002, as amended by Legal Notices 55, 170 and 248 of 2004 – Mutual Recognition of Qualifications of Legal Profession Regulations
o Council Directive 77/249/EEC of 22 March 1977 to facilitate the effective exercise by lawyers of freedom to provide services
o Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998 to facilitate practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a MemberState other than that in which the qualification is obtained.