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

Audit Supreme supervision of debt enforcement and bankruptcy - Federal Office of Justice

The debt enforcement and bankruptcy offices play an essential role in the proper functioning of the economy. They allow creditors to pursue their claims on debtors as part of legal enforcement proceedings. In 2019, around 3 million claims were reported and 16,000 bankruptcy proceedings were opened by debt enforcement and bankruptcy offices operating in Switzerland, of which there are over 400. The cantons are responsible for organising and supervising the debt enforcement and bankruptcy offices. The Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) is responsible for the supreme supervision of the consistent application of the Federal Act on Debt Enforcement and Bankruptcy (DEBA). The FOJ has half an FTE for this activity.

Audit number: 20236

Audit Effectiveness of the fight against cybercrime - Federal Office of Police

Digital crime has fluid boundaries, elusive perpetrators and often involves an international dimension. It represents a challenge for the prosecution authorities. In nine out of ten cases, these crimes fall under cantonal jurisdiction. However, the Federal Office of Police (fedpol) plays an important role in this fight: as the central office and international contact point, it supports the cantonal police forces. In addition, fedpol supports the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) in complex cybercrime proceedings under federal jurisdiction.

Audit number: 19394

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