The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life

investigates breaches of ethical standards by ministers, members of Parliament and persons of trust, and contributes to the improvement of standards of behaviour in public life.

Complaints

You can complain to the Standards Commissioner about unethical behaviour by ministers, members of Parliament or persons of trust.

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Resources

Case reports and other documents issued by the Commissioner, and the codes of ethics for ministers, MPs and persons of trust.

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Standards Committee

Parliament’s Standards Committee oversees the activities of the Commissioner. It is chaired by the Speaker of the House.

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Persons of trust should not comment on matters of political controversy and should treat others with respect

Persons of trust should not comment on matters of political controversy and should treat others with respect

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has stated that persons of trust should not comment on matters of political controversy and should treat others with respect. The Standards Commissioner came to this conclusion after considering a complaint from Matthew Caruana Galizia, director of the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, against Dr Joseph Borg. The complaint...
Standards Committee agrees with Commissioner that Dr Joseph Muscat breached ethics over Pétrus wines and closes case

Standards Committee agrees with Commissioner that Dr Joseph Muscat breached ethics over Pétrus wines and closes case

On 17 August 2020, Parliament’s Standing Committee for Standards in Public Life met to consider what action to take against former Prime Minister Dr Joseph Muscat over the Pétrus wines case. This followed a meeting on 22 July 2020 in which the Committee endorsed the conclusions of the Standards Commissioner, who found that Dr Muscat...
Commissioner for Standards recommends adoption of revised codes of ethics for MPs and ministers

Commissioner for Standards recommends adoption of revised codes of ethics for MPs and ministers

The Commissioner for Standards in Public Life has issued a document proposing the adoption of revised codes of ethics for members of the House of Representatives and ministers. He has submitted the document to the Standards Committee of the House of Representatives as a recommendation under article 13(1)(g) of the Standards in Public Life Act....