Ministry cuts judges' holidays to thirty days

Cites high number of pending cases, long waits as reasons

(ANSA) - Rome, September 12 - Italy's justice ministry announced on Friday that judges will have only 30 days for holidays starting in 2015, instead of the current 45 days.
    The ministry highlighted the number of pending cases, currently 5.2 million, and the average time for a first ruling in a civil case, 945 days, as factors in their decision to close courts from August 6-31 instead of August 1-September 15.
    Italy takes more than three times longer to arrive at first rulings in civil cases compared to Germany's 300-day average.


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