Italy: bill increasing length of criminal trial should be rejected

The ICJ is urging the Members of the House of Representatives to dismiss the draft legislation on evidence in criminal trials which could exacerbate further the already dramatic delays in Italian judicial proceedings.

The legislation would eliminate the possibility for a judge to reject the admission of “superfluous” and even “manifestly superfluous” evidence, allowing the parties to a case to call an almost infinite number of witnesses, and potentially delaying the case indefinitely.  It also would make it unduly difficult to incorporate previous final rulings on the same case as prima facie evidence of the facts in the proceedings.”

Italy-length-criminal-trial-web story-2011-eng (full text in English, PDF)

Italy-length-criminal-trial-web story-2011-ita (full text in Italian, PDF)

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