Maria Rosaria San Giorgio

Maria Rosaria San Giorgio was born in Naples on 16 July 1952. On 31 July 1974 she took her undergraduate degree in law with the highest marks and honors from the Università Federico II of Naples, with a thesis on constitutional law entitled “La Libertà di Riunione nell’Ordinamento Costituzionale Italiano.”

After completing a program to specialize in Administrative Law, she was selected for a position as an executive manager within the Interior Ministry through a public competition. In November of 1976 she was assigned to Bologna as a Council Member of the Prefecture until November of 1981, and was also assigned to the Government Commission for the Emilia Romagna Region, and also completing a program for executive managers at the Scuola Superiore della Pubblica Amministrazione.

When she was appointed a judicial intern con d.m. on 12 November 1981. After completing the mandatory internship period in the judicial offices of Rome, she assumed the role of public prosecutor. Then, while on leave from her judicial duties, she served as a clerk at the Constitutional Court.

Starting in May of 1998, she was assigned to the Supreme Court of Cassation, where she first served in the Ufficio del Ruolo e del Massimario, and then in the First Civil Division. In May of 2006 she was assigned to the First and Second Civil Divisions. During this time she continued her work as a clerk for the Constitutional Court on a part time basis.

From 2008 to 2012 she was a member of the newly founded Board of Directors of the Supreme Court of Cassation, and served in the role of Secretary.

She has assisted in the program of Criminal Procedure at LUISS University in Rome and sat on the Board of Directors of the Scuola di Specializzazione per le Professioni Legali graduate program at LUMSA University.

From 2005 to 2014 she taught Civil Law as a lecturer at the Scuola di Specializzazione delle Professioni Legali at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Between 1995 and 2010, she produced a number of books in the field of Civil Law and more than 150 articles and commentaries on judgments published in a variety of law journals.

She was an elected member of the High Council of the Judiciary for the 2014-2018 term.

In 2019 she was appointed Division President and Director of the Ufficio del Ruolo e Massimario of the Supreme Court of Cassation.

On 16 December 2020, the Supreme Court of Cassation elected her to the Constitutional Court. She was sworn in on 17 December 2020, becoming the first woman coming from the magistracy to sit on the Court.