Judicial System Reform in Italy: A Key to Growth

20 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2014

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Sergi Lanau

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Gianluca Esposito

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Sebastiaan Pompe

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

The inefficiency of the Italian judicial system has contributed to reduced investments, slow growth and a difficult business environment. The enforcement of civil and commercial claims suffers from excessive delays in court proceedings, resulting in a very large number of pending cases. The Italian authorities have over the years taken steps to remove bottlenecks and speed up judicial proceedings. While these measures are generally steps in the right direction, more can be done. Consideration could be given, inter alia, to reviewing court fees, improving the new mandatory mediation scheme, strengthening court management, and reforming the appeal system.

Keywords: Governance, Italy, Legislation, Foreign direct investment, Economic growth, judicial reform, business environment, efficiency of justice, FDI, firm size, court, courts, court fees, judicial system, court management, court proceedings, civil procedure, judicial process, access to justice, judiciary, courts of appeal, court dispute settlement, labor courts, pilot courts, legal institutions, european court, case management, court of appeal, supreme courts, court process, court organization, court procedures, court of appeals, court decisions, property rights, court settlements, court efficiency, court system, weak judicial system, legal aid, litigation costs, constitutional court, judicial func

JEL Classification: K40, O40

Suggested Citation

Lanau, Sergi and Esposito, Gianluca and Pompe, Sebastiaan, Judicial System Reform in Italy: A Key to Growth (February 2014). IMF Working Paper No. 14/32. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2407525

Sergi Lanau

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Gianluca Esposito (Contact Author)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

Sebastiaan Pompe

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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