The crime of illegal immigration proved to be “useless, ineffective, and from certain points of view even harmful.” The newly appointed first president of the Italian Supreme Court, Giovanni Canzion, takes a clear stance on the possible decriminalization of the crime, which was introduced in 2009, on the occasion of the inauguration of the judicial year. We may obtain concrete results if we replace the offence with “administrative sanctions, up to the most rigorous measure: banishment.
In all this – he added – the fight against “all forms of organized crime or terrorist groups, including international jihadist groups” must be conducted “in accordance with the rules established by the Constitution and by the laws of the State – Canzio says -. Otherwise, we would betray the memory “of the magistrates’ who have fallen in defense of the highest democratic values”, such as Emilio Alessandrini, “and we would fail to honor the oath of allegiance we have made.”
Canzio has mentioned also the problems of Italian justice and the urgent need for the Supreme Court to close 105,000 old causes. “The Supreme Court – he has said – is obviously in a state of deep operation and identity crisis”. The year-end data “mark the failure of a strategy whose aim was slope and heavy backlog deflation through sheer increase of productivity, which drove the magistrates and the judicial staff to the brink of exhaustion”.
“The quality of the jurisdiction of legitimacy itself” is at risk now, buried under a mass of complaints (105 thousand pending – for over three years – civil cases. 32,7% of which are tax related and 14,3% concern work) which has “monstrous proportions” compared to the much lower numbers of the other courts. If we do not stop it – Canzio warns – the Supreme Court will slide ever deeper into the “modest role of a Court of auditors or third instance,” abdicating the role of ‘Court of the precedents’. “It calls for an urgent and brave process of self-reform, which would adopt – by way of experiment – radical and unprecedented internal organizational measures”.