Adrian Dingli

Sir Adrian Dingli ( Adriano Dingli ), CB, GCMG ( born October 8, 1817 in Valletta, † November 25, 1900 ) was a Maltese politician and head of the judiciary ( Chief Justice of Malta ) of the then British colony of Malta.


Dingli, was born in Valletta, Malta, the son of Sir Paolo Dingli, GCMG, KCMG. His father was an eminent lawyer and President of the Appeal Court ( Court of Appeal ) He studied at the Episcopal seminary in Mdina, then law at the University of Malta and received his PhD in 1836 at the age of 19 years. He expanded his knowledge of languages ​​and the legal system in Rome, Bologna, Bonn, Heidelberg, the Sorbonne and in London, and then practiced as a lawyer.

After 1849 Malta a Constitution and the right to limited self-government was granted, Dingli, representing the island of Gozo in the Government (Council of Government) was chosen. As a member of the Governing Council in 1852, he drove the formation of the Maltese militia forward. In 1854 he became Attorney-General and operation in this function, the consolidation of civil law on the islands. Dingli also worked as a consultant to the British governor and secretary of the colonial government. In this role, he promoted the expansion of the port and the construction of the market and the Royal Theatre ( Royal Opera House, 1866-1942 ) in Valletta and the asylum in Attard. In 1859, he was Member of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1860 Knight of the Order of St Michael and St George ( KCMG ) in 1868 and was awarded the Grand Cross of that order ( GCMG ). In 1862 he negotiated in Turin on an extradition treaty with Italy. During his time as Attorney General, he developed the fundamentals of the Maltese legal system, particularly the Civil Code, which were in 1868 and 1873 set as Maltese Civil Code in force. In 1880 he was appointed President of the Appeal Court ( Court of Appeal ) and received the title of Chief Justice of Malta. Dingli represented the Maltese government on various trips abroad. Practically, he took the role of the Governor of Malta.

Dingli has been married twice, first marriage with Catherine Mamo - Mompalao († 1857) and his second wife, Amy Mildred Charlton.

Dingli died on 25 November 1900. A monument with a bronze bust of Antonio Sciortino was in the mall, Floriana, built and inaugurated in 1907 by King Edward VII. Various streets, squares and schools around Malta are named after Adrian Dingli, and in 2003 gave the Maltese Central Bank ( Central Bank of Malta) a commemorative coin with the portrait of Sir Adrian Dinglis as the third of a series on Maltese meritorious personalities out.