ITALY: After Eight Years

The Republic of Italy has been operating under a constitution for eight years, but has yet to establish the Supreme Court which the constitution provides for. Result: many constitutional provisions remain uninterpreted, and old Fascist laws continue to encumber the administration of Italian justice.

The difficulty has been that a 1953 law requires that five of the 15 judges should be named by a three-fifths majority of both houses of Parliament sitting in joint session. Such a majority might have been found if the government...

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