Italian Civil Justice: Regional Disparities

37 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009

Date Written: February 16, 2009


The functioning of the Italian civil justice system is characterized by deep regional disparities: the length of legal proceedings is on average significantly higher in the South than in the rest of Italy. Using mainly a descriptive approach, this paper documents these differences and investigates possible explanations examining the number of proceedings initiated in courts and the human and financial resources assigned to the courts. As regards population distribution, regions in the South are more litigious than those in the Centre and North and therefore receive a higher proportion of public resources. Nevertheless, the endowment of resources in the South is in line with the rest of Italy when measured according to the annual flow of new proceedings whereas it receives fewer resources in relation to the number of proceedings pending. On the basis of the available information, it is not possible to establish whether the greater stock of proceedings pending in the South is due to an inadequate endowment of resources and/or to lower productivity.

Note: Downloadable Document is in Italian.

Keywords: civil justice, litigation, regional disparities

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Carmignani, Amanda and Giacomelli, Silvia, Italian Civil Justice: Regional Disparities (February 16, 2009). Bank of Italy Occasional Paper No. 40, Available at SSRN: or

Amanda Carmignani (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
00184 Roma

Silvia Giacomelli

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184

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