Data source
Date of text
26 Jun 2009
Seat of court
Original language


Type of text
National - higher court
Reference number
Court name
Corte Suprema di Cassazione
Amoresan, S.
De Maio, G.
Teresi, A.
Gentile, M.
Franco, A.
compensation, hunting, liability, national park, penalty, protected area, sanction

U. Pannofino was declared guilty of hunting in a prohibited area within the National Park of Alta Murgia. The decision of first instance was confirmed by the Court of Appeals. The defendant submitted further appeal before the Criminal Court of Cassation and alleged violation of article 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code as well as article 111 of the Constitution. In particular the issue before the Supreme Court was whether the absence of perimeters and signs delimiting the prohibited hunting area would exclude liability or not
The Supreme Court based its decision upon the general principle established under article 5 of the Criminal Code, according to which liability is not excluded when the error (i.e. ignorance of the delimitation of the prohibited hunting zone) is not excusable. In this case, the Supreme Court determined that the error was not excusable, since the parameters of the national park were accessible to the public through publication in ther official gazette. Therefore the Supreme Court confirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals and declared the defendant guilty.