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Judge Camilleri’s Unlucky Day

Look around you. This space, which was known as the upper floor of the seminary at ‘Manresa House’ was once placed at the Governor’s disposal for use as a temporary law court by Archbishop Mauro Caruana, following the destruction of the Courts of Justice in Valletta. The Criminal Hall was hence located to the top floor, presently the ‘Archives Hall’ at the Curia. The staircase which leads to this top floor (shown on the map below) was also an addition which was built specifically to ensure His Majesties’ Judges and their personal attendants could exclusively enter the law courts, without accessing the seminary. The Public was also excluded from using this staircase.

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