Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Berlusconi's party considering no confidence in justice min'

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(ANSA) - Rome, August 14 - Maurizio Gasparri, the Senate
whip for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's People of Freedom (PdL)
party, on Tuesday said the party was considering joining a
no-confidence motion in Justice Minister Paola Severino.
Gasparri described Severino's stint at the ministry as
"disastrous" and called on her to speed up reform of the Italian
justice system, suggesting the PdL could join the Northern
League in petitioning in parliament for her to be removed from
her post.
Such a move would threaten to create a rift between Premier
Mario Monti's emergency technocrat government and a party it
relies on for support in parliament.
Gasparri criticized Italy's overflowing jails and the fact
no decision has been made for greater regulation of the
authorization of wiretapping of phones by magistrates.
In addition, he criticized recent attempts to prevent a new
law that would force judges to answer in civil courts for errors
they make during the course of their duties.
Since being appointed in November last year, Severino has
been trying to push through legal reform measures that include
additional anti-corruption laws; the introduction of specialist
business tribunals; the curtailing of the length of court cases;
the capping of appeals; and limiting the backlog of 5.5 million
civil cases currently clogging Italian tribunals.
It takes 1,210 days, or more than 3 years, for an Italian
court case to end, compared with 394 days in Germany, according
to World Bank data.
Average legal costs for Italian companies total almost a
third of the value of the legal dispute, compared with 17
percent in France, and The European Court of Human Rights ruled
against Italy some 53 times for violating the right to a fair
trial in 2010.

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