No matter how much we try to avoid Litigation and solve issues by alternative dispute resolution there are instances when Litigation is inevitable. Litigation can be either related to civil matters or else related to criminal matters. In a civil case scenario, litigation means when a person, referred to as the plaintiff, seeks redress through instituting a civil case against another person or entity.
On the other hand, in a criminal case scenario, litigation means when the State is represented by the Executive Police or the Attorney General depending on the punishment related to the offence, institutes proceeds so that justice will be done.
Criminal cases take place when the State, represented by the Attorney General or by the Executive Police, brings a case against a person who is responsible for a crime or contravention and is referred to as the accused.
Sultana Legal will assist its clients throughout the proceedings in criminal court by taking up their defense in order to ensure that they will get the best defense possible in these criminal cases and to make sure that their rights are not infringed.
The Maltese judicial structure also provides that young accused are tried before a different court, namely the juvenile court. The juvenile court is in a different establishment, independent of the criminal court, in order to better protect these young people that unfortunately find themselves accused with a criminal offence.
Sultana Legal will support its clients through all proceedings including proceedings at appeal stage if this is the case.
Civil cases take place when a private person/entity, referred to as the plaintiff, who feels aggrieved by another person/entity, referred to as the defendant, institutes proceedings in the civil court or tribunal, as the case may be, against the defendant in order to seek a remedy from the civil court.
There are various courts and tribunals were one can seek remedy, amongst them are the following:-
1. First Hall Civil Court
2. Court of Magistrates
3. First Hall Family Court
4. Court of Voluntary Jurisdiction
5. Small Claims Tribunal
6. Industrial Tribunal
7. Rent Regulation Board
8. Arbitration Boards
Sultana Legal will advise and assist its clients in whatever they need, be it in order to institute proceedings or defend proceedings instituted against its clients depending to the civil court case. Sultana Legal will ensure that our clients will get the best service and support in civil court possible. This includes the services of experts who work very closely with our firm.
Sultana Legal will continue to support its clients even through the appeal stage if it is the case and will ensure that all applicable time limits are respected.
Cases related to family matters and matters related to family law are heard before the First Hall – Family Court. Sultana Legal will advise its clients regarding what course of action to take in order to ensure that the clients will get the best out of the proceedings and the services given by the firm.
Employment issues are very complex in themselves as we all know in today’s world with a market which is highly competitive and individuals are considered to be more indispensible. When it comes to employment issues both employee and employer have to deal with the complexities of today’s laws and regulations. This is where the services of Sultana Legal will benefit both employee and employers.
With today’s competitive mentality, disputes arise and in the Maltese Legal System we can resort to redress under the Employment and Industrial Relation Act [Chapter 452 – Laws of Malta], whereby one will make an application before the industrial tribunal.
Sultana Legal will try to avoid as much as possible that its clients will end up in a dispute, by making sure that we draft tailor made agreements and employment contracts so that both, the employer and the employee, are satisfied with the agreement which will regulate their working relationship.
However, in case of a dispute, Sultana Legal will first do its utmost to resort to alternative dispute resolution and only then will take the case before the industrial tribunal. Saying all this, every matter has to be taken individually and depends exclusively on our clients’ needs and on the circumstances of the case.