• Editorial

  • The importance of the rule of law in a democratic society

  • Hermann Micallef

  • The rule of law is an important pillar of a democratic society. Legal experts tell us that the rule of law obliges the state to respect and observe the fundamental principles of state governance. The rule of law is the foundation of a civilised community; it establishes a transparent process that is accessible and equally available to everyone and it ensures the consolidation of principles that safeguard the citizen.


    The rule of law comprises various elements, among them the autonomy of the judiciary, citizen involvement in decision making processes and consultation with civil society before important decisions are taken. Such concepts are integrated in a democratic society run by rule of law.


    The basic principles of governance recognise and place a great deal of importance on the rule of law. Public administration is obliged to wield power in accordance with the basic principles of governance. The people are sovereign and any authority the government has arises from that sovereignty. The state values the dignity of each and every person and guarantees that it will respect human dignity, human rights and fundamental liberties. By law, the state should guarantee autonomy to local government and ensure that the right of the public and organisations to participate in social, political and economic decisions in an effective manner be safeguarded. The state should, by law, facilitate the setting up of adequate consultation mechanisms. In short, the state should respect the rule of law.


    In a democracy, not only is criticism of Government, exposure of suspect behaviour and insistence on good governance at all levels of government necessary but should be encouraged for a society to function effectively. Anyone who puts obstacles in the way of such actions has no place in a democracy.


    The rule of law is an important constitutional principle in our society which distinguishes a democratic society from one run according to the rule of the jungle.


    But what is currently happening in our country? The rule of law needs to be implemented as soon as possible and those who stirring hate and violence should be made to pay for their actions. Maybe, however, our expectations are too high, because, unfortunately, the person who is meant to be protecting us chose not to investigate serious crimes when he was asked to do so by the institutions of the country that exposed them.






Union Ħaddiema Magħqudin (Malta)
General Headquarters
“Dar Reggie Miller”
St Thomas Street
Floriana FRN 1123
Malta

Email: info@uhm.org.mt
Telephone: (+356) 2590 5000



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ISSUE 162 JUN 22





  • Editorial

  • The importance of the rule of law in a democratic society

  • Hermann Micallef

  • The rule of law is an important pillar of a democratic society. Legal experts tell us that the rule of law obliges the state to respect and observe the fundamental principles of state governance. The rule of law is the foundation of a civilised community; it establishes a transparent process that is accessible and equally available to everyone and it ensures the consolidation of principles that safeguard the citizen.


    The rule of law comprises various elements, among them the autonomy of the judiciary, citizen involvement in decision making processes and consultation with civil society before important decisions are taken. Such concepts are integrated in a democratic society run by rule of law.


    The basic principles of governance recognise and place a great deal of importance on the rule of law. Public administration is obliged to wield power in accordance with the basic principles of governance. The people are sovereign and any authority the government has arises from that sovereignty. The state values the dignity of each and every person and guarantees that it will respect human dignity, human rights and fundamental liberties. By law, the state should guarantee autonomy to local government and ensure that the right of the public and organisations to participate in social, political and economic decisions in an effective manner be safeguarded. The state should, by law, facilitate the setting up of adequate consultation mechanisms. In short, the state should respect the rule of law.


    In a democracy, not only is criticism of Government, exposure of suspect behaviour and insistence on good governance at all levels of government necessary but should be encouraged for a society to function effectively. Anyone who puts obstacles in the way of such actions has no place in a democracy.


    The rule of law is an important constitutional principle in our society which distinguishes a democratic society from one run according to the rule of the jungle.


    But what is currently happening in our country? The rule of law needs to be implemented as soon as possible and those who stirring hate and violence should be made to pay for their actions. Maybe, however, our expectations are too high, because, unfortunately, the person who is meant to be protecting us chose not to investigate serious crimes when he was asked to do so by the institutions of the country that exposed them.















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Floriana FRN 1123 Malta

Telephone:   (+356) 2590 5000
Email:   info@uhm.org.mt
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