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Giurisprudenza: Civil, Criminal and Administrative Judgments

Printed resources

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Il Foro italiano : raccolta generale di giurisprudenza civile, commerciale, penale, amministrativa 
v.1(1876)-v.69(1944/1946) are in the secondary collection
v.70(1947)-v.117(1994) are in the current collection at Italy 100 F727

Il Massimario del Foro italiano. v.1(1930)-v.72(2003) Italy 100 F728

Il Repertorio del Foro italiano (1947)-(2003) Italy 100 F729

Giustizia civile rivista mensile di giurisprudenza v.1(1953)-v.55(2005) Italy 100 G53

Giustizia civile Massimario annotato della cassazione v.5(1955)-v.44(2005) Italy 100 G54

The highest court is the Corte di Cassazione, located in Rome.
It hears appeals on issues of law coming from the second-instance courts (see below) and also decides questions on judicial procedure. For particularly difficult cases it can sit “a sezioni unite.”  Cass : the abbreviation used in citations of cases decided by this court.

Courts of Second Instance
Corte di appello: hears appeals from the Courts of First Instance, enforcement of foreign decisions, some competition matters. Like the Corte di Cassazione it has 3 sections civil, criminal and labour law
 C.A. or C.App. abbreviation used to cite court of appeal cases, usually followed by the city in which the court sits in ( )

Corte d’assise d’appello: as its name indicates, hears appeals from the Corte d’Assise (criminal law).

Courts of First Instance
Tribunale: general court of first instance (both civil and criminal), but can also hear appeals against the decisions of the Giudice di Pace.

Giudice di Pace: minor cases.
Tribunale per i minorenni: juvenile (under 18) court, hearing both civil and criminal cases.
Corte d’assise:  criminal cases

Administrative law

Consiglio di Stato (Council of State) appeal court for administrative matters

Tribunali Amministrativi Regionali – TAR

Public Accounts & Tax

Corte dei Conti (State Auditors' Department)

Commissioni Tributarie Provinciali

Commissioni Tributarie Distrettuali

Glossary of common terms

Massime - case abstracts

Repertori - digests

Constitutional case law

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Case law in Italy