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Under Italy's Constitution the CSM is the self-government body of the judiciary; it is competent for recruitment, allocation, transfer, promotion, and disciplinary measures in respect of magistrates.

The CSM includes 3 ex officio members - namely, the President of the Republic, who also chairs the CSM, the President of the Court of Cassation, and the Prosecutor General at the Court of Cassation.

The CSM is made up of 24 elected members, of which 16 shall be career members (two magistrates from the Court of Cassation deciding on legitimacy issues; fourteen magistrates discharging prosecution/judicial functions on the merits) and 8 shall be lay members (elected by the two Houses of Parliament in joint sitting by secret ballot from out a shortlist of university professors in law and lawyers with at least fifteen years of professional seniority).
Career magistrates are elected by majority voting in a single nationwide constituency for each of the categories to be elected.

The CSM members hold office for four years and may not be re-elected for the next term. The Council must elect, from among the lay members, a deputy-Chair, who will chair the Council plenary sessions whenever the President of the Republic is absent, or else upon the President's delegation, as well as chairing the Presidency Board; The Vice President is in charge of fostering the Council's activities, implementing the resolutions adopted by the CSM, and managing budgetary funds - given that the CSM is autonomous as for accounting and financial matters.

The Italian CSM elected from among its members Mr. David ERMINI as the new Vice-President on the meeting held on 27th September 2018.

For a full list of the members click here