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ELI coordinator

Donatienne Spiteri, Lawyer, Legislation Unit, Office of the State Advocate, Malta - Ministry for Justice, Equality and Governance

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ELI implementation level

Malta has implemented the first pillar: the attribution of URIs to legislation.

URI template used (pillar 1)

The base ELI URI pattern for Malta is and follows the following format:

The infographic below provides a high-level overview of the components of the Maltese ELI URI:

Infographic - Overview of Maltese ELI URI

The {type} component indicates the type of legislation which can be "cap" or "sl" for Consolidated Primary and Secondary legislation or "act", "ln" or "lcbl" for legal publications representing Acts, Legal Notices or Local Councils’ Bye-Laws respectively.

Legal Publications include the {year} component, which does not apply to Consolidated legislation. This component portrays the year the document was published.

The {natural identifier} is usually a consecutive number applied for the specific type of document, for example the Chapter number or Subsidiary Legislation number in the case of Consolidated legislation. For other legal publications, the natural identifier is usually a unique, consecutive number within the year the document was published.

The {language} component points to the particular language version of the legal document. If language is not specified or the specified language is not available, the system defaults to the Maltese version.

Currently, the only valid value for {format} is pdf, however future enhancements to the system will provide for a variety of other formats such as html and xml.

The Constitution of Malta is identified as Subsidiary Legislation belonging to the Constitution follows the pattern: (S.L. 1 of the Constitution). Similarly, the Statute Law Revision Act also has its unique pattern in the form of:

Some examples of valid URIs:

Future enhancements will introduce other optional components, such as {point-in-time}, which, when specified, will give the version of a consolidated document as it was on the indicated date.

Last update: 03/11/2020