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Right to information and discovery: the Italian way.

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Defence rights, access to the case file and EU procedural directive 2012/13. Procedural rights in the EU: status quo and need for further measure, ERA, Lisbon 27-28 February 2020.

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Right to information and discovery: the Italian way.

  1. 1. Right to information and discovery: the Italian way Nicola Canestrini ERA Academy of European Law Lisbon, 27-28 February 2020 “Procedural Rights in the EU: Status Quo and the Need for Further Measures” ,
  2. 2. 1 Inrtroduction Echr 2 EuCharta anddirective 3 TheItalian way 4
  3. 3. Italian criminal justice system “semi-adversarial” (inquisitorial approach) Investigations are led by an independent prosecutor Judge for pretrial investigation Inrtroduction 1
  4. 4. minimum rights ART 6/3 /A ECHR TO BE INFORMED PROMPTLY, AND IN DETAIL, IN A COMPREHENSIBLE LANGUAGE, NATURE AND CAUSE OF THE CHARGES (ART 6/3(A) ECHR) MATTOCCIA VS. ITALY, 2000 T. VS. ITALY, 1992 2 ECHR
  5. 5. minimum rights ART 6/3 /B ECHR ADEQUATE TIME AND FACILITIES FOR THE PREPARATION OF A DEFENCE ÖCALAN VS. TURKEY, 2005 2.1 ECHR
  6. 6. minimum rights EU CHARTA ART 47 EuCharta anddirective 3 DIRECTIVE 2012/13/EU F22 MAY 2012 RIGHT TO INFORMATION IN CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS (2 JUNE 2014)
  7. 7. directive 2012/13 law 2014/101 EuCharta anddirective 3.1
  8. 8. Register of notitiae criminis Notice of investigation and letter of rights Formal notice of end of investigations Pretrialphase TheItalian way 4
  9. 9. Register of notitiae criminis (art 335 It. criminal procedure code) Every investigation has to be formally registered Information about pending investigation upon request of suspect, victim and lawyer Secrecy? (Secrecy vs information?) Violation? Pretrailphase 4.1 critics
  10. 10. Notice of investigation and Letter of rights (art 369 and 369 bis It. criminal procedure code) Notice in case of “guaranteed act” (seizure, arrest, search, ..) Letter of rights Violation? critics Pretrailphase 4.2
  11. 11. Arrest and pretrial detention order? (art 293, 294 and 386 It. criminal procedure code) Pretrailphase 4.2bis
  12. 12. Formal notice of end of investigations (art 415 bis It. criminal procedure code) Formal notice to the suspect on the conclusion of preliminary investigations “short description of the charge, the rules of law allegedly violated, the date and place of the act” Pretrailphase 4.3 notice that the file of the investigations can be examined and copied (20 days term?) Disclosure with No exception whatsoever Violation?
  13. 13. Discovery of evidence Pretrial detention order has to be notified to the suspect with letter of rights and can be examined with requests of prosecutor and relevant documents; lawyer has to be informed After Arrest questioning by prosecutor has to start with information and (limited) disclosure Violation? Pretrailphase 4.4
  14. 14. trialphase Full disclosure of case file (court and prosecutor) trialphase 4.5critics

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