On the Italian media you will cyclically read an article or see a report on the miserable state of the chanceries of the Italian Courts. The situation is the same nearly everywhere. Piles after piles of Court files stacked along the corridors of the Court building with no supervision whatsoever. Everyone could just come and steal the file of a civil or criminal proceeding simply putting it in a bag; the few cops guarding the entrance will never search him or her.
If you are criminal, you can very seriously consider the option of stealing your file, zero your trial and wait for the statute of limitations to work.
Yet another disappearance of Court files was just reported in the Court of Milan. Between the lost files there are the ones of Mr Berlusconi’s trial for juvenile prostitution.