A sick justice system of “prehistoric organization”: now it turns out that a handful of days before leaving the gown, the Milan Public Prosecutor Francesco Greco – who retired on November 17 – decided to remove a few pebbles from his shoe. Thus in his latest official document, the presentation of the budget of the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office for the two-year period 2019-2020, Greco sets out to attack one of the great myths of contemporary justice, that of computerization, of the hi-tech reforms that the courts should bring out of the paperwork age. And who instead drown in thin air, leaving judges, lawyers and citizens to grapple with the justice of their great-grandparents.
It is a farewell with a strong level of controversy, because generations of ministers of justice have spent their promises on the modernization of justice, including the current owner Marta Cartabia. The minister was expected yesterday in Milan to participate in the presentation, unfortunately she was struck by the mourning of the loss of Mother Teresa, who died at eighty-seven last night. But his adviser Gianluigi Gatta came in place of the Cartabia, who replied bluntly to Greco’s thesis: the telematic process goes on and how, the right arm of the minister swears. Too bad that immediately afterwards the replies from Greco’s Milanese colleagues arrive, confirming and aggravating the picture described by the former prosecutor, piling up tragicomic details on the functioning of the expensive electronic platforms that should govern the flow of inquiries and trials. And which instead appear as a Babel of different languages unable to communicate with each other, with the result that the decline of paper appears almost a mirage: with all due respect to the millions spent in incalculable quantities to reach the goal.
“The expensive and anachronistic paradox of our organization – writes Francesco Greco – is emblematically constituted by the fact that for some time only pdf files have been received, ie digital natives, which are constantly and tirelessly printed to create the digital paper file!”. The “reform of the penal process – concludes Greco – maintains this prehistoric organization”. At that point, Gatta, the correspondent of Cartabia, stands up, explaining that if the minister were there, she would be the one to say that nothing is true, and that the telematic process is a full part of the reform proudly launched from via Arenula.
Sara. But if the future is (perhaps) that, the present is a disaster. Immediately afterwards the heads of the Milanese judicial offices take the floor: Greco’s deputy, Riccardo Targetti, who replaces him while awaiting his successor, and speaks of “nineteenth-century logic”. Targetti explains that one of the systems, the Tiap “is already ancient”, “numerous acts and procedures remain paper-based”, another system “is unusable for a series of aspects”, a third “stops every other day”; after him it is the turn of the President of the Court of Appeal Giuseppe. Therefore, and here it becomes surreal because it explains that second instance judges cannot access the court files, so everything must be printed, and the same problem exists with the Cassation. «What sense does it make?» Ondei asks himself disconsolately.
We will die buried in judicial files.