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Legal Assistance


For access to the Italian courts and legal system it is obligatory to use an Italian lawyer/attorney.

A listing of lawyers is not provided here because it is considered unethical in Italy for a lawyer to publicize his qualifications. To obtain assistance of a lawyer check with the Consulate or Embassy for a list.

The courts of record in Italy are the following: Pretura, Tribunale, Corte D'Assise, Corte D'Appello and Corte Suprema.

Courts provide official interpreters and there would normally be a duty lawyer available when first appearing before the court.

Documents for presentation to court must be translated into Italian and certified before presentation.

If litigation is involved to collect debts a lawyer is required, but there are also collection agencies operating in Italy and credit reports on individuals can be obtained through banks or commercial reporting agencies.

Service of subpoenas, orders to show cause and other judicial documents is permitted in Italy under the provisions of the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents in Civil or Commercial Matters which is in force in Italy since January 24, 1982.

In case of a accident abroad or any other incident the best course of action is to contact your country's diplomatic representative, the Consulate or Embassy for advice.

Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) is the formal way in which countries request and provide assistance in obtaining evidence located in one country to assist in criminal investigations or proceedings in another country. All European countries and many other countries worldwide are now participating in the MLA provisions of Schengen.

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