Constitutional Court to give decision on spring hunting referendum on 9th January
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A notice in the Government Gazette has said that a decision by the Constitutional Court on the holding of a referendum on spring hunting will be given on the 9th of January 2015.
If the decision is that the referendum is to be held, the ruling will then be given to the President – following which the President has to set a date for holding the referendum, which should be within 3 to 6 months from the Court’s decision.
The notice states that “in accordance with Article 17 (1) of the Referenda Act, the Constitutional Court considers that the application filed by Mark Mifsud Bonnici and others on the 1st October, 2014 (Appl. No. 364/14), and that filed by Joseph Perici Calascione and others on the 2nd October, 2014 (Appl. No. 365/14) and the replies thereto, in the matter of the proposed referendum on whether the Framework for allowing a derogation opening a Spring hunting season for turtledove and quail regulations (Subsidiary Legislation 504.94 – Legal Notice 221 of 2010), should not continue in force, are sufficiently clear and do not require further submissions.”
“Therefore it considers that no hearing is required, the Constitutional Court has appointed the 9th January, 2015, at 9.00am as the date and time for the delivery of its decision on the applications, and this in terms of article 17(6) of the said Act.