Judges and judgments

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Following the unfortunate and horrifying incident of Milan and the attack on the judiciary by a ‘kamikaze’ father of a pharmacist from Genoa who has been arrested, authoritative voices have claimed that this was the result of a slow and progressive delegitimisation of the judiciary carried out by the political institutions.

Apart from the obvious difficulty to comment on any of the events, not knowing the full details it is a wrong and misleading interpretation of the events, demonstrating once again how a large part of public opinion, probably influenced by bias and/or for different interests, continues not deciphering correctly what is happening around us.

The sad story in question, in fact, rather than depending on the attempt to delegitimise the judiciary system, seems rather to be the isolated case and estreme consequence, but not totally unpredictable, of the atmosphere that has spread throughout Italy in recent years.

An aggravation due to several factors: first of all, the serious economic crisis in recent years and then, following the progressive lack of certainties, either financial, social, or psychological, for those who are involved for whatever reason in legal proceedings, in terms of the effectiveness of the justice system which is too often affected by bureaucracy, intolerable and unsustainable inefficiencies, both economically and psychologically stressing, either as suspect or offender. These flaws of the system that have very little to do with the dreaded work of discrediting the magistrates, but which may lead, in extreme cases and luckily are stopped, to knee-jerk reactions and desperate gestures against themselves or against third parties, as well as within the Court of Milan.

Therefore, it seems reductive to limitate the disrepute of the judiciary system as a mere instigation to violence; on the contrary, these episodes should lead – not just politicians, but all those involved in the sector mainly judges and lawyers – to seriously think about the real reasons for the lack of trust of the citizen in the justice system and in those operating in it, and in particular, they should think about the need to overcome the obstacles, to keep a low brow, to stop spectacularising the justice system so as to provide a more equitable and fast service to citizen.
In order to do this we need a collective cultural revolution.

Meaning that a step forward has been made with the final approval in the Senate on the reform bill relating to remand of a suspect, the purpose of which is to make the prison an ‘extrema ratio’, to be applied only in severe cases and only in the presence of certain conditions under increasingly stringent laws, in such a way as to be compliant as to what has been imposed by the Court of Strasbourg Court, in order to finally overcome the shame of overcrowding the prisons.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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