Born in Sassari (Sardinia, Italy) in 1954, he joined the Italian Magistracy in 1981. His qualification is now that of Court of Cassation Judge.
After having been public prosecutor in Livorno and then judge of the criminal court of Florence, Antonio Mura was elected as a member of the Consiglio Superiore della Magistratura, the Italian High Council of the Judiciary (years 1994-1998). In that role he has also been President of the Commission for the evaluation of the professional skills of judges and public prosecutors and President of the Commission for judicial reforms.
Since 1998 he has been working as Deputy Prosecutor General at the Corte di cassazione (the Italian Supreme Court). The criminal cases dealt with in this capacity include several mafia cases (against the top management of criminal organizations from Sicily and other parts of Southern Italy, as well as the perpetrators of several murders, also of judges and public prosecutors), terrorism (attacks committed by the so-called Red Brigades, with murders of policemen), bribery, kidnappings, human trafficking etc.
At present he is also the Secretary-General of the General Prosecution Office at the Italian Supreme Court.
Frequently invited as a speaker at international congresses, he is author of books and articles on criminal justice, judicial organization and ethics, published both in Italian and in foreign legal reviews.
On November 14th, 2012 –on the occasion of the world meeting of judges held in Washington, DC (USA)– he was awarded the title of Honorary President of the International Association of Judges (which encompasses today national associations of judges from 80 countries).
On November 27th, 2012, in Strasbourg (France), he was elected President of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE), set up by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
On May 14th, 2014, he has been nominated Head of the Department of Justice Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Justice by the President of the Republic of Italy.