SWITZERLAND TOO SLOW IN PROCESSING LEGAL ASSISTANCE REQUESTS FROM ABROAD

On 30 September, Swissinfo reported that a from the Swiss Federal Audit found that it takes an average of 290 days for Swiss authorities to deal with a request for mutual legal assistance from another country.  In comparison other countries grant mutual assistance in 154 days on average, said the report.  In 10 out of 15 cases, Switzerland processes the requests it receives slower than the countries with which it cooperates.  The Federal Audit Office recommended revising the Mutual Assistance Act to simplify procedures and update old ones. 

https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/switzerland-too-slow-in-processing-legal-assistance-requests-from-abroad/46068372

The report (in German) and a summary (in English) is available at –

https://www.efk.admin.ch/en/publications/security-and-environment/justice-and-police/3962-international-mutual-legal-assistance-in-criminal-matters-federal-office-of-justice.html

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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