Debt collection in Italy can be undertaken via simplified payment order procedure. On the motion of the creditor, the proceedings are conducted without the participation of the debtor (ex parte). The debtor can present his stance after contesting the issued payment order. Above-mentioned procedure is applicable up to the specific amounts of debt and when written evidence of the existence of the claim can be presented. If the debtor contests to the issued order, the case will proceed under the regular procedure. Both parities have to be represented before court by lawyers.