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GerichtsgebäudeThis section contains SFAO audits related to justice and police issues.

Evaluation International mutual legal assistance in criminal matters - Federal Office of Justice

Crime knows no borders. For this reason, prosecution authorities use international mutual legal assistance to obtain evidence located abroad. This assistance is important for Switzerland's reputation, particularly in view of its significance as a financial centre. Switzerland is highly solicited by other countries for assistance in economic matters, and is therefore more likely to provide mutual assistance than to request it. In recent years, it has received more than 2,300 requests per year on average. However, it is not possible to say precisely how many requests Switzerland has received, as direct requests received by the cantons are not recorded in the statistics.

Audit number: 18293

Audit Implementation of the 2016 courts organisation project - Federal Administrative Court

The Federal Administrative Court (FAC) deals with more than 7,000 items of business annually, mainly complaints from the Federal Administration's area of responsibility. There are currently 76 judges and around 356 other staff working at the court. In the field of case law, the court is organised into six sections, each of which is assigned different matters. The FAC budget for 2018 was around CHF 87 million.

Audit number: 18123

Audit Performance of the surveillance of telecommunications in the case of criminal proceedings - Federal Department of Justice and Police

To investigate criminal offences, the prosecution authorities (police, public prosecutors) and the Federal Intelligence Service may order various measures for the surveillance of post and telecommunications (TS). In this regard, the Post and Telecommunications Surveillance Service (PTSS) acts as an interface between the prosecution authorities and telecommunications service providers (parties obliged to cooperate). The PTSS is partly financed by fees from prosecution authorities.

Audit number: 17649