Organizing the Work of Penal Magistrates – cod. 5914

Start Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
End Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Category: Professional Practice
Venue: Rome, Ergife Palace Hotel
Country: Italy
Leading organisation: Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura
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Language(s): Italian
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Participants(EJTN): 3
Contact: Gianluca Grasso
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Contact phone: +39 644491420

Course Description

Subject: the course will focus on the theme of organizing the work of penal magistrates from two different perspectives: first, an analysis will be conducted of possible solutions for improving the administration of criminal matters, with a special emphasis on both the “assegnazione tabellare” models (N.d.T.: system for assigning magistrates to legal proceedings) and the possible forms of coordination between judicial and prosecuting judges; secondly, the organization of the work load of individual magistrates will be considered, with particular reference to optimizing performance of their functions through the use of computing instruments. .
Special attention will be given to the organization of the courts in respect of the specific nature of the matters referred by other types of institutions (procura della Repubblica, Office of the preliminary investigating magistrate, court hearing sections etc.).
Several topics related to the offices of the public prosecutors will be discussed: that concerning the optimization of the system for transmitting and registering offences; another, more delicate, related to the “priority criteria”; that of best practices in the administration of “simple matters” through the set up of offices dedicated to their rapid and effective execution; and that of coordination between the offices of the Procura distrettuale and those of the Procura circondariale as regards organized crime offences.
Another central element is the relations between the public prosecutors’ offices and the sections of the judges for the preliminary investigations and of the preliminary hearing. In this context, the course will tackle the issues related to the system for assigning magistrates to the various cases, through a comparison of the different procedures that have emerged in the various courts. Similarly, participants will analyze the best practices in the office of the  public prosecutor’s liaison activities with the various court sections, with particular reference to the objective of having public prosecutors handle the major cases that they themselves examined throughout their entire course.
This second study phase will focus on organizing the work load of individual magistrates through the proper management of available time and resources and the development of skills in organizing the normal work load compatibly with the possibility of reserving adequate time to reflect on particularly complex proceedings. In this context, a close look will be taken at the possibilities of telematic filing, and specifically to identify work methods designed to streamline the process for setting the measures.
The potential derived from the use of computer resources will be examined also with reference to the possibility of creating “common archives” accessible to all magistrates working in the penal sector. A similar study will be conducted on the emerging procedure for creating a “computer file”.
Objectives: the course aims to conduct a critical analysis of the existing practices for organizing the penal courts so as to highlight the best organizational methods, also with reference to the size of the courts. In particular, the purpose of the course is to identify organizational methods that enable the process to function with the “existing legislation”, in the knowledge that the problem does not only concern “quantity”, but also “organization” and “administration” of existing resources. The course will then focus on best practices, also with the aim to eliminate malfunctions originating from the application of ‘obsolete’ regulations and to make the best use of computing for an improved and more efficient management of proceedings.
Structure and methodology: face-to-face presentations will be accompanied by alternative didactical methods, such as workshops and work groups, so as to favor the involvement of participants in the discussions and the exchange of experiences.
Candidates: judicial and prosecuting magistrates of first instance and high court. The course is open to private practice attorneys.