It is possible only for certain types of proceedings (e.g. pre-trial injunctions) and for certain courts.
The types of proceedings and acts for which documents can be submitted via the internet are listed for each court in the relevant section of the IT services portal of the Ministry of Justice (http://pst.giustizia.it/PST/it/pst_2_4.wp).
Currently, there are no cases that can be handled exclusively via the internet.
The service for the electronic submission of documents is available round the clock.
Yes, the technical specifications that must be observed are set out in a measure dated 18 July 2011. They can be found at the following link:
The ‘IT envelope’ (busta telematica), containing the judicial document and any attachments, is encrypted, to ensure its contents can only be read by the receiving court.
An electronic signature is required; a record of the time is not necessary.
The single fee required by law (contributo unificato) may be paid electronically, via a dedicated online procedure requiring authentication by Italian smart card. The fee is the same as for non‑electronic procedures.
Yes, by an electronic document equivalent to the paper one.
No, the defendant may respond as he or she prefers.
The same rules as for paper proceedings apply. The defendant may defend the claim electronically only if the court is authorised to receive online submissions for the type of proceedings and document in question.
The same rules as for paper proceedings apply.
See the replies to questions 1 and 2.
Communications and notices to the parties’ lawyers are sent only via the internet (certified electronic mail (PEC) under the Italian rules).
An appeal can be lodged via the internet only if the court is authorised to accept online receipt of documents for the type of proceedings and documents in question. The decision on the appeal is notified only via the internet (certified electronic mail (PEC) under the Italian rules).
Yes, if the court is authorised to accept online filing of the relevant documents.
Yes, by authenticating themselves (using an Italian smart card) at an authorised access point or on the online services portal of the Ministry of Justice.
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