As of January 1, 2017, any new petition before the Administrative Courts shall be filed through electronic means as stated by Law Decree no. 168/2016. During a transitional period, which will end on December 31, 2017, the parties shall also submit a paper-copy of their briefs. The proceedings started before January 1, 2017, will remain on the traditional “paper path”.
In addition, Decree no. 167/2016 issued by the President of Consiglio di Stato on December 29, 2016 sets important rules to ensure that the briefs of the parties be clear and concise (see, http://maurizioreale.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Decreto-sinteticit%C3%A0-atti.pdf).
Making the proceedings before Italian administrative courts more predictable and efficient is a necessary accomplishment to increase foreign investors’ trust in Italian market.