The Italian Senate approves the reform to shorten criminal proceedings

The Italian Senate on Thursday approved a bill to cut the length of criminal proceedings by 25 percent and ensure the efficiency of the judicial system, a condition for access to EU funds for post-pandemic recovery.

The Italian government must implement the law, which was voted against by 177 senators, while 24 voted against it, within one year of its entry into force with one or more legislative decrees, as announced by the Adnkronos agency.

The Italian Senate approves the reform to shorten criminal proceedings
The Italian Senate approves the reform to shorten criminal proceedings

It provides exceptions for particularly serious crimes such as terrorism, Mafia cases, drug trafficking or sexual violence, reports the DPA news agency.

The law proposed by the Italian Justice Minister Marta Cartabia had already been approved by the Italian Chamber of Deputies. In addition to legal proceedings for criminal offenses, the European Union also wants to shorten the times in civil proceedings for which a bill is already in the hands of the House of Commons.

The Italian judiciary has been criticized because its trials can drag on for years, which overloads the courts and makes some judgments impossible due to the statute of limitations for certain crimes.

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