New Innovating Justice blog post: Court reform, the Italian way?

August 21, 2012 at 10:59 pm Leave a comment

In a recent blog post HiiL‘s prof. Maurits Barendrecht critically reviews court reforms that recently take place in Italy and other South European countries. A vivid image of certain aspects of the described legal systems is the opening sentence of the blog: “In Italy, a good wine matures faster than a court case.”

Reforms instigated by donors such as the IMF and the World Bank are unlikely to deliver results because:

  • Courts should focus not on performance figures but on actual problem solving;
  • There are little incentives for courts to perform as (most of) the society wants them to;
  • Civil justice procedures are stuck in old paradigms.

What might be the solutions? Specialisation of neutral decision makers, flexible procedures which deviate from the ‘one size fits all’ philosophy and other innovations in the legal world.

Read Court reform, the Italian way? blog post here

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Innovations, Italy.

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