Italy: Law Amending Compensation System for Judges and Lawyers Takes Effect

(May 16, 2018) On April 24, 2018, a new law amending the compensation system for certain judges and lawyers came into effect in Italy, which among other things encourages lawyers to enable documents filed in court to be electronically searchable. (Decree of the Ministry of Justice No. 37 of March 8, 2018, Regulations on the Amendment to Decree No. 55 of March 10, 1955, Concerning the Determination of Parameters for the Payment of Compensation for the Forensic Profession, in Accordance with Article 13, Paragraph 6 of Law No. 247 of December 31, 2012) (Decree No. 37), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.), Apr. 24, 2018 (in Italian), G.U. website.)

The new Law amends the criteria for establishing fees with respect to several court-related activities (Decree No. 37, art. 1) and to extrajudicial assignments (id. art. 4(1)). In particular, the salaries of judges of the Regional Administrative Court and the Council of State are increased by up to 50% in certain situations. (Id. art. 1(2)(e).) The salaries of arbitral tribunals are also amended. (Id. art. 2(1).)

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