The Junior Chamber of Advocates (JCA), is an organisation established under the auspices of the Chamber of Advocates. It was officially launched on the 1st October 2013, publicly acknowledged by the President of the Chamber of Advocates, and endorsed by the Chief Justice on the inauguration of that Forensic year. The JCA seeks to ‘bridge the gap’ between the academic development of law students and the practicality of the legal profession, thus creating a closer link between students and lawyers.
The Annual JCA Moot Court held at the Law Courts of Malta, and presided by Members of the Judiciary, provides the perfect set-up for law students to start practicing their Advocacy Skills in a realistic scenario. Participants are given the opportunity to prepare written submissions, examine and cross-examine witnesses and also make their oral submissions before the Court, which ultimately delivers its judgments. In 2017, the JCA organised a Moot Court on the basis of a Trial by Jury, for the very first time in Malta, in which students were also given the opportunity to act as jurors and deliver their judgments following deliberations between them. 2017 was also the first year of the JCA Family Law Moot Court, that offered students the opportunity to take part in a case dealing with family law matters, providing students the chance to undergo procedures adopted in actual family law cases.
Another project, which the JCA Executive Members take pride in, is the development of the ‘Prattika-Link’ which serves to facilitate the placement of students to find the most suitable internship for their ‘prattika’ requirements; hopefully resulting in employment upon completion of the law course. The JCA is also at the forefront in representing students on current issues regarding changes in warrant related requirements, which shall be brought about through the enactment of the ‘Lawyers Act’. Ultimately, one of the JCA’s primary activity is that of organising seminars, chaired by different lawyers, treating various academic topics from a practical point of view.
The JCA has collaborated with the Malta Model United Nations Society (MMUN) in organising an annual international conference in which students may act as delegates in a simulation of various United Nations Committees. This gives students the perfect opportunity to step out of their comfort zone so as to improve their public speaking skills whilst debating current affairs – a necessary skill for all law students.
In 2018, the JCA obtained recognition by the University of Malta Degree Plus system. Through this initiative, members of the JCA were able to receive extra credits for taking part in events organized by the organization. This meant that students were finally recognized academically for going the extra mile to attend JCA events.
During 2019, the JCA was recognised as a student organisation by the Senate of the University of Malta. This was yet another milestone for JCA as it has consolidated its position at a University level in order to reach its desired aims.
Junior Chamber of Advocates Committee 2020/2021
President: Paula Briffa
Vice President: Julia Blake
Secretary General: Roberta Attard
Financial Officer: Jake Buttigieg
Projects Manager: Warren Farrugia
Social Policy Officer: Krista Spiteri Lucas
Public Relations Officer: Gabrielle Nicole Portelli
Academic Office: Rachela Saliba
Introductory Officer: Matthew Mifsud
Student Outreach Officers: Josefa Muscat, Matthias Azzopardi
Benefits of becoming a member of the Junior Chamber of Advocates:
- Free registration for JCA seminars, held by legal practitioners
- Free registration for Moot Courts, held at the Law Courts of Malta and presided by Honorary Judges
- Enlistment for facilities offered by our Prattika-Link program
- Degree Plus recognition at the University of Malta
- International Opportunities through La Sapienza and UKLSA
- Invitation to our annual social and other collaborative events
- Free participation to all JCA organised activities
- Free subscription to the Chamber of Advocates publication – Law and Practice
- Participation in seminars and workshops organised by the Chamber of Advocates
- Eligibility to attend our AGM and vote in the election of the JCA Executive Committee
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Paula Briffa is a Master of Advocacy student and the current President of the Junior Chamber of Advocates. She has served as Academic Officer and Secretary General of the organisation, and has contributed to JCA’s growth over the years. Now that she’s leading the team, she wants to ensure JCA has a solid foundation for the future. Paula is committed to build upon JCA’s professional reputation amongst future legal professionals within the University of Malta. She is convinced that the entire Executive Committee will do its utmost to uphold JCA’s fundamental objectives and she is happy to be leading such a hard-working and energetic team.
Julia Blake is a fourth year law student and the current vice-president of the Junior Chamber of Advocates. She has served as an Academic officer in the previous term and she holds the JCA moot courts close to her heart. Being passionate about learning and advancing, Julia is determined to take on this new role with success and to continue ‘bridging the gap’. As Vice-President, she aims for closer communication with the students. She also believes in the importance of giving back and will be working on a new charitable project for JCA. Julia is convinced that the future for JCA is bright.
Roberta Attard is a third year law student and is the Secretary General of the Junior Chamber of Advocates for the term 2020-2021. This is her second term in JCA, having served as Public Relations Officer in the 2019-2020 term. Roberta wishes to use her passion for JCA to push the Executive Committee to be as productive and organized as possible. As Secretary General, she wants to motivate the team to succeed in every task it faces, whilst maintaining the professionalism JCA has always strived for. She is grateful to hold this important role in JCA, and is excited to see the organization progress this term.
Jake Buttigieg is a third year law student and the current Financial Officer of Junior Chamber of Advocates. Jake is determined to use his role as Financial Officer to make sure JCA has the efficient and organised infrastructure it needs to pull off its mission. Jake is hoping to use his knowledge in accounting as well as a sharp and analytical approach toward making the most of JCA’s resources, particularly during the tough Covid period.
Warren Farrugia is a second year law student and the current Projects Manager for the Junior Chamber of Advocates. He has served as the newly adopted role of Introductory Officer for the year 2019/2020. With his previous experience in student activism, Warren is determined in using the knowledge that he has acquired over the years to help grow both the role that he has been entrusted with and the organisation itself. His aim is to see the organisation strive forward to continue putting the students’ needs at the forefront, but also to provide the students with academic opportunities that will help them bridge their link between students and legal professionals.
Krista Spiteri Lucas
Social Policy Officer
Krista Spiteri Lucas is a second year law student and the current Social Policy Officer for JCA. Krista thoroughly enjoys debating and aims to further enhance and strengthen the Social Policy Office even further by way of fruitful debate and collaboration with other student organisations. Furthermore, Krista looks forward to doing her utmost in order to help facilitate the lives of current and prospective law students in order to help bridge the gap between the students themselves and the legal profession.
Gabrielle Nicole Portelli
Gabrielle Nicole Portelli is a highly organized and motivated individual willing to go above and beyond what is expected to complete tasks. As Public Relations Officer, Gabrielle aims to publicize JCA as a law student organisation, through various platforms. Gabrielle focuses on planning and implementation of PR strategies to ensure effective communication of JCA’s ethos, ‘bridging the gap’ between the law course and the law profession, and makes sure that events, activities and announcements are known to all those interested.
Rachela is a fourth-year student and this year’s Academic Officer. Her experience as a Student Outreach Officer last year has taught her the importance of bridging the gap between the law course and the legal professional. Therefore, she is looking forward to serve as this year’s Academic Officer. Her role will include the setting up of moot courts which are a simulation of an actual court case. This helps law students to get a taste of what is actually like to practice in court. In addition, Rachela looks forward to continue dedicating her time to this organisation and to all law students.
Matthew Mifsud is a second year law student and the Introductory Officer for the Junior Chamber of Advocates. Student activism has always been close to his heart and is dedicated to putting students at the centre of organisations’ work. JCA has built a reputation for delivering to the students a positive reinforcement to their studies. Matthew’s role is relatively new and it assures commitment to ensuring that students remain at the core of organizational work. Students’ induction into the law course is a big step in anyone’s lives and it is one of the duties of this role to facilitate this step.
STUDENTS OUTREACH OFFICER
As Student Outreach Officer and a second year law student, Josefa Muscat shall be assisting primarily in the organisation of moot courts and social events organised by JCA. Having always been interested in the active management of activities and events alike, Josefa strives to use her passion and motivation to help JCA reach its objectives. Furthermore, she looks forward to working alongside the academic officer in order to see JCA grow to its full potential.
STUDENTS OUTREACH OFFICER
Matthias Azzopardi is a second year law student and a current Student Outreach Officer for the Junior Chamber of Advocates. He has always been inclined towards student activism and the legal profession. Consequently, he is elated to have been given the opportunity to help law students smoothly bridge the gap between their studies and their prospective careers. Through his role, he is determined to ascertain the high level of the JCA’s academic seminars, whilst still aiming to reach new heights. He believes that his experience in the field of event organisation, alongside his hard-working and untiring attitude will bring to the table a unique skill-set that will help JCA pursue its vision.