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Abstract

In Italy, enforcement proceedings are cumbersome, long, and highly ineffective. Their major shortcomings are complexity, outdated procedures, and lack of efficient compulsory measures. In spite of the recurring complaint about the odd situation of an enforcement machinery that might have worked well in the last century, but looks like an antique in contemporary society, the rules governing the enforcement of judgments have neither changed substantially since the code of civil procedure went into force in 1942, nor are they likely to be improved in the short run. Therefore, judgment-holders find it very difficult to fulfil their expectations when the debtor fails to comply with the court order voluntarily, and there is often no way to overcome the debtor's obduracy.

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