Against what it calls "the government's inertia on the reforms" concerning justice, the Union of Criminal Chambers proclaimed three days of abstention from hearings from 19 to 21 April.
It is the first strong protest in the justice sector since the Meloni government took office.
"Has the announced season of liberal justice reforms already aborted?" is the question that criminal lawyers ask in a note.
"The urgent procedural reforms requested by the lawyers are ignored", they note, while "the diktats of the judiciary are promptly implemented: slowing down of the constitutional reform of the separation of careers, freezing of the reforms of the judicial system that are unwelcome to the robes. And then, prison, prison, prison, whenever the news and the search for consensus inspire and solicit the worst penal populism".
The Italian criminal lawyers "launch the mobilization in the country for the respect of the electoral and parliamentary commitments undertaken by the new majority: immediately three days of abstention from the criminal hearings, to kick off a new season of political initiatives in defense of the liberal criminal law and the due process".