Magistrates split on choosing new Cassation Court president

First female out of the running to lead Italy's highest court

Magistrates split on choosing new Cassation Court president

Rome, April 18 - The self-governing body of Italy's judiciary (CSM) was divided Thursday on choosing who will be the next president of the supreme Court of Cassation. Entering nomination talks, expectations were high that Graziella Luccioli could be named to head Italy's highest appeals court, making her the first woman in history to assume the role. Instead the two candidates to surface with even support were Giorgio Santacroce, president of Rome's court of appeals, and Luigi Rovelli, president of the second civil section of the Cassation Court. A vote is expected May 8 and will include the new Italian president, due to succeed Giorgio Napolitano next month, who is also the president of the CSM. The next president of the Cassation Court will succeed Ernesto Lupo, who is retiring.

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