The Italian justice system is the most expensive in Europe: other citizens pay, on average, €69 for ‘services’ provided by the 165 Italian Courts, 220 suboffices and almost the same number of Prosecutor’s Offices. Costs are lower in other European countries: Sweden (€61), Spain (€56), France (€47) and the UK (€23). With regard to civil justice, in Italy the ratio of pending cases to the annual number of the new ones is more than 100%, whereas it varies from 10% to 40% in other countries. The economic impact of this slowness is estimated at an amount of around 1% of the GNP.
In 2009 the Minister of Public Authority, the Minister of Justice and the Regions agreed with the EU on the need for an interregional project called ‘Diffusion of Best Practices in Judicial Offices’, financed under the European Social Fund; 23 regional financial bids were prepared and assigned to 97 Judicial Offices taking part in the project. The Court of Monza is one of these. The project is based on the idea that exemplary projects can disseminate solutions and methods throughout the entire system, and enable the members of the Court to rely on their own capabilities and eventually operate without the help of consultants. Consultants from Fondazione Irso established a steering committee led by the President of the Court, the Chief Prosecutor and different teams. This group supported the participatory analysis and the:
Among them, voluntary jurisdiction has been identified as an area of intervention with the potential to consolidate and develop the territory of ‘inter-institutional cooperative relations’, which is of great interest for the improvement and modernisation of services of justice.
Some results achieved through the project are: the elimination of backlog; the reduction of waiting time for citizens and lawyers; the elimination of trivial activities with a focus on more critical ones; increased cooperation among prosecutors, judges and clerks to improve processes; and increased confidence that change may happen also without new laws or additional resources.
|Award category:||weathering the storm. creative solutions in a time of crisis - supra-local and local level|
|Sector:||Justice, police, human rights and security|
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|Keywords:||Justice services, organisational change, voluntary jurisdiction, administration of support|
|Short English description:||In 2009 the Minister of Public Authority, the Minister of Justice and the Regions agreed with the EU on the need for an interregional project called ‘Diffusion of Best Practices in Judicial Offices’, financed under the European Social Fund; 23 regional financial bids were prepared and assigned to 97 Judicial Offices taking part in the project. The Court of Monza is one of these.|
|Organisation:||Court of Monza|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|