Official (constitutional) name of the country: Swiss Confederation


Organisation of the judicial system

European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ). Profile of Switzerland

 

Judicial cooperation


General description of the national system for international judicial cooperation in criminal matters

Guidelines published by the Swiss Federal Office of Justice:

International Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

The different areas of competence of the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ)



Federal Act on International Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

 

Text in original language, English and/or other available languages of the relevant national laws/provisions of the Criminal procedure codes  on judicial cooperation in criminal matters


Federal Act on International Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 
Swiss Criminal Code
Swiss Criminal Procedure Code

 

 Links to the relevant sections of the Council of Europe and United Nations Treaties Offices websites containing information on the conventions to which Switzerland is party

Council of Europe Treaty Office
United Nations Treaty Collection

 

National case law relevant for judicial cooperation in criminal matters (in German, French and Italian)

Information on the organisation of the EJN

Useful national links


Federal Office of Justice - Division for International Legal Assistance
Swiss Federal Court (in German, French, and Italian)
Swiss Federal Criminal Court (in German, French and Italian)
Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland
The Office of the Attorney General is, first and foremost, the Confederation's investigation and prosecution authority. It is competent for the prosecution of criminal acts which fall under Federal jurisdiction. This jurisdictional competence must be expressly assigned to the Office of the Attorney General by law. The criminal offences for which Federal jurisdiction is designated are expressly listed in the Swiss Code on Criminal Procedure (Arts. 23 and 24 CCP), as well as in various other Federal laws. All other criminal offences, i.e., by far the statistically larger portion, fall within the competence of the cantons. The Office of the Attorney General is not an authority to which the 26 cantonal prosecution authorities are subordinate. Hence, the Office of the Attorney General does not exercise any supervisory oversight over the cantonal public prosecutor offices, nor does it enjoy any right to issue directives to them.
National legislation databases

 

Recent national developments on judicial cooperation in criminal matters

Other useful information


Database of competent Swiss authorities in accordance of art. 53 of the Convention on the implementation of the Schengen Agreement of 19 June 1990 (CISA)

Information on Contact Persons can be found at the Swiss page of the Cooperation with third countries and judicial networks section.

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