Italian lawyers plan strike

By Charlotte Mullen

05 July 2013 at 12:14 BST

Italian lawyers are set to go on strike next week to block a move by the government to fast-track civil trials.

Italian lawyers to strike next week

The protests, which will take place for the entire week, are an effort to thwart parliamentary reform shortening  trials which currently average around four years, according to Reuters.
The lawyers’ association, QUA, said  the decree, which called for mediation to be used to before a trial,  was ‘unconstitutional and doomed to fail.’
The Justice Minister Annamaria  Cancellieri has criticised the legal profession for attempting to stop the reforms. With 107 lawyers in Parliament, she said: ‘The lawyers, the major lobbies, block our country from becoming an normal one.’


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