Can the Ombudsman undertake own initiative investigations?

Yes. In terms of Article 13(2) of the Ombudsman Act (Chapter 385 of the Laws of Malta), the Ombudsman may decide to commence an investigation on his own initiative although this is usually undertaken only when issues of substantial public interest and importance are concerned. He can also approve that such own initiative investigations are carried out by the Commissioners.

Furthermore, any Committee of the House of Representatives may refer to the Ombudsman for investigation any matter that is under consideration by the Committee. The Prime Minister may also at any time refer to the Ombudsman for investigation any matter which the Prime Minister considers should be investigated by the Ombudsman.

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