Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Criminal cases awaiting trial in Italy up 2.2% in 2012

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Rome, January 23 - Trials have become longer in
Italy while the total number of cases in the courts rose last
year, says a report on the country's justice system released
Wednesday.
The report on the administration of justice, presented to
Italy's parliament, said that in 2012, the total number of
pending criminal cases increased by 2.2% compared to the
previous year.
It also found that the length of time for the judicial
process to unfold in criminal courts has been increasing in
recent years, rising to an average of 342 days in 2011 from 326
days in 2010.
In the Court of Cassation, Italy's top appeals court,
procedures averaged 218 days in 2011, compared to 204 in 2010.
The greatest "bottleneck" in the system was found in the
Court of Appeal, where a case could linger for a whopping 947
days on average in 2011, compared with 839 in 2010.
Meanwhile, proposed judicial reforms aimed at improving
efficiency could lead to savings of about 55 million euros for
the 2012 budget year, and about 95 million euros in each
subsequent year, the report estimates.
And a draft law on alternative sentences could effect about
2,800 prisoners immediately and boost efficiency in future, the
report said.

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