Subject: The course provides participants with the opportunity to closely examine and compare the various investigation techniques and the performance of preliminary investigations, through two distinct study phases: the first will be dedicated to ordinary proceedings and the second to organized crime proceedings.
Following an analysis of the constitutional principles and of the provisions of the Code of Procedure governing the role of public prosecutors as the engine of preliminary investigations and relational centre of reference for all subjects involved in criminal proceedings, the course will develop along two tracks: during morning sessions, which are the same for all participants, an in-depth analysis will be conducted of peculiar aspects of investigation techniques, examining interpretation-related issues and enforcement procedures concerning the main procedural phases, having particular regard to issues common to all types of investigations; during the afternoon sessions, the course will be structured into two different sections, one dedicated to ordinary proceedings and another to organized crime proceedings, over the course of which an in-depth study will be conducted of the investigation protocols, examining the main procedural and substantive issues in relation to the major types of offences.
Objectives: The aim of the course is to provide magistrates with up-to-date information on investigation techniques, ordinary proceedings and organized crime proceedings, closely examining both the traditional forms and the new investigation instruments. In particular, during the specialist sections an analysis will be conducted of specific operating “protocols”, both in relation to the various types of offences, and with reference to the problems encountered by the major investigation instruments.
Structure and methodology: The course will be structured into two areas: one dedicated to the procedural and investigative problems common to ordinary and organized crime proceedings, which will be held in the morning sessions; another dedicated to a specific in-depth analysis of ordinary crime and organized crime proceedings, over the course of which the course will develop into two distinct sections.
During the common sessions, face-to-face presentation will generally prevail, followed by guided discussions, even though, in relation to the peculiar nature of the topic to be discussed, the study group method may also be adopted.
The specialist sections, on the other hand, will mainly adopt the work group method, which, in relation to the didactical needs connected with the study of certain topics, may be preceded by a brief introductory presentation.
Candidates: prosecuting magistrates of first instance, to be selected in equal proportions from among magistrates belonging to ordinary prosecuting courts and magistrates belonging to district antimafia directorates.