Beyond Independence and Accountability
Edited by Richard Devlin and Adam Dodek
Chapter 12: Clash of visions: regulating judges and prosecutors in Italy
The Italian justice system does not function properly. In particular, the Italian judiciary suffers from huge caseloads, excessively lengthy judicial proceedings, and a general lack of legitimacy among Italian citizens. For some policy makers, the poor performance, specifically the unreasonable length of proceedings, is also due to excessive self-regulation of judges and prosecutors, without any real mechanism for accountability. For the judiciary, very often executive proposals to improve the justice system are considered useless, perceived as punitive and threatening to the independence of judges and prosecutors.
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