1. Criminal justice

2. Civil justice

3. Safety

4. Other statistics on justice


1. Criminal justice

Statistics on criminal justice are produced by the Ministry of the Interior, whose Statistics office is part of SISTAN (National Statistical System).

Data on criminal justice refer to all crimes committed or attempted, and discovered by all Police Forces active on the national territory. Data cover the following categories of crimes:

  • terrorist attack
  • massacre
  • murder
  • child murder
  • attempted murder
  • unintentional murder
  • negligent murder
  • injuries
  • battery
  • threat
  • serious offence
  • sexual violence
  • sexual intercourse on a minor
  • corruption of a minor
  • theft
  • handling stolen goods
  • robbery
  • extortion
  • usury
  • kidnapping
  • criminal association
  • mafia association
  • money laundering
  • computer fraud
  • incendiary fire
  • damage
  • damage followed by incendiary fire
  • smuggling
  • production and traffic in drugs
  • exploitation of prostitution and child pornography
  • computer crimes
  • trademark and industrial products counterfeiting
  • intellectual property infringement
  • other crimes
  • total crimes


Data on actions against crimes can be derived from information on persons denounced and arrested for each type of crime.

The minimum territorial level for which data are available is the province, which refers to the place where the crime was committed.

The data are non collected via a specific survey. They are instead calculated on the basis on data  contained in the archives of the data processing centres of the police force.

On a yearly basis the Ministry transmits the data to Istat, which includes them in the database “Territorial information system on justice”.


The yearbook also presents some data on penal institutions, supplied by the Ministry of Justice. The source of the information is the Department of administration of penal institutions – Office for the development ain maintenance of the information system – Statistics Section.

The information provided refers to the capacity of penal institutions and to the persons confined (Italian and foreigners).


2. Civil justice

Data on civil justice are collected and processed by the Ministry of Justice (General Directorate for Statistics), which transmits the information to Istat. The statistics are released every years by Istat.

Information on civil justice covers:

  • Work and compulsory social security
  • Legal separations  and divorces
  • Bankruptcies declared and concluded

The survey units are: general courts, separate sections of courts, courts of appeal, judicial offices, juvenile courts.

The universe includes all judicial offices and all proceedings.

The main variables observed cover:

  • proceedings started, concluded and pending, broken down by theme (work, bankruptcies, guardianship of minors, rent of real estate, etc.);
  • sentences, conciliation reports, court decisions, seizures, garnishments, measures concerning guardianship, measures concerning parental authority, measures concerning interdiction and disqualification, urgent measures for minors protection, pre-adoption fostering, adoption authorisations, national and international adoptions, etc.


For statistics on civil judicial proceedings with the Supreme Court of Appeal the survey unit is  represented by the offices and registries within the Court and the universe corresponds to the total  proceedings with the Court. Data are collected by the Statistics office of the Supreme Court of Appeal (extracted from registers or files) and transmitted to Istat.

Statistical data by Court of Appeal District cannot always be compared to data by Region, because the judicial districts do not always correspond to the territory of the regions.


3. Safety

Activity of the police force against drugs

Statistics on the activity of the police force against drugs are produced by the Ministry of the Interior, through its department of Public Security, Central Directorate of Services against Drugs.

The data refer to law infringements and deaths deriving from the use of drugs and are collected on a continuous basis. The survey covers the entire national territory .

Statistical data are available at municipal level.


Risk of crime and women victim of sexual harassment.

Data in this section are of source Istat, and are derived from the survey on the “safety of citizens”, which is a sample survey on households living in Italy.

This survey is part of the system of social surveys “Multi-purpose surveys on households” and is conducted every five years. Its main objective is to provide information on undeclared crimes, i.e. those crimes that are not reported do the Police Forces or other Authorities and therefore are not included in statistics.

The survey inquires on safety from  an “objective” point of view, i.e. the number of crimes one has been victim of, and also from a “subjective” point of view. The latter refers to one’s perception of safety – or danger.

The universe is represented by households resident in Italy and by their members aged 14 years or more.

The survey is conducted via CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) and is part of the National Statistical Programme.


4. Other statistics on justice

Suicides committed and attempted

This survey is conducted by Istat on a monthly basis. Its main characteristics are:

  • Survey units: police stations,
  • Analysis unit: suicides attempted or committed
  • Data collection method: information concerning each case in printed form

The main variables observed are:

  • gender
  • age
  • marital status
  • level of educational attainment
  • professional condition and sector of activity
  • reason for the suicide
  • means used.

The survey covers all police stations in  Italy.


Notarial acts

The survey on notarial acts is conducted by Istat and covers all notaries in Italy (around 5,000). Notaries transmit the statistical information to the Notary Archives in the relevant district which, after making the necessary quality checks,  re-transmit them to the Central Office. The latter, after additional checks, transmits the data to Istat.

Data aggiornamento: 
November, 2010