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Italian law: Cases


C.A. or C.App. abbreviation used to cite court of appeal cases, usually followed by the city in which the court sits in ( )

Cass. abbreviation used to cite Court of Cassation cases

Massime - case abstracts

Repertori - digests

Constitutional case law

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Giurisprudenza: Case law

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In Italy, the decisions of the courts are not a source of law: the decision binds only the parties to the case.

Nor are courts bound by a rule of precedent.

On the role of the Court of Cassation in ensuring uniformity see Legislative Decree 2006, No. 40.

A feature of Italian case law reporting is the "massimario" - which publishes - usually monthly, cumulated annually - the "massime" (the maxims/principles) underlying the decisions of Corte de Cassazione. The maxims themselves are produced by the Ufficio del massimario of the Corte.

Printed resources

Please note, the Law Bod no longer has any active subscription to periodicals of Italian case law in print. For cases decided since 2005  use one of the Electronic resources listed below.

Il Foro italiano : raccolta generale di giurisprudenza civile, commerciale, penale, amministrativa 
v.1(1876)-v.69(1944/1946) are in the secondary collection
v.70(1947)-v.117(1994) are in the current collection at Italy 100 F727

Il Massimario del Foro italiano. v.1(1930)-v.72(2003) Italy 100 F728

Il Repertorio del Foro italiano (1947)-(2003) Italy 100 F729

Giustizia civile rivista mensile di giurisprudenza v.1(1953)-v.55(2005) Italy 100 G53

Giustizia civile Massimario annotato della cassazione v.5(1955)-v.44(2005) Italy 100 G54



Case law in Italy