The Administrative Commission of the Federal Supreme Court (VK BGer) has completed its supervisory proceedings concerning incidents at the Swiss Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona.
In its 40-pages report published on April 20, 2020, the VK BGer comments on the problem areas and incidents that have been taken up in the media and extensively commented on, such as secondary employment of judges, overtime, working hours, expenses, sexism, love affairs and accusations of mobbing, and proposes the following 8 measures:
- The Administrative Commission of the Federal Criminal Court shall be invited to apply article 4 para. 2 BStGerOR in the event of a member being prevented from attending or suspended.
- The plenary session of the Federal Criminal Court shall be invited to approve adjustments to the number of staff during the term of office (article 46 para. 2 StBOG) only ex nunc et pro futuro.
- The chair of the Criminal Chamber and (subsidiarily) the Administrative Commission of the Federal Criminal Court shall be invited to review the functioning of the french-speaking members of the Criminal Chamber and to report to the Federal Supreme Court on this matter by the supervisory meeting of September 21, 2020.
- The Administrative Commission of the Federal Criminal Court is invited to end the reimbursement of expenses in connection with the participation of judges in political events (parliamentary party outings in summer and Christmas dinners) and in connection with courses to prepare for retirement
- Judges of the Federal Criminal Court shall be advised, if they enter into a love affair with an employee of the Court, to communicate this to the Administrative Commission at an early stage so that the latter can create transparency within the Court.
- The judges of the Federal Criminal Court are requested to treat their colleagues as well as their subordinates from the court clerks, registries and services in all situations with decency, politeness and respect.
- The plenary session of the Federal Criminal Court shall be invited to terminate the employment relationship with the General Secretary.
- The Federal Tribunal reserves the right to report to the Judiciary Commission on the re-elections 2021 with regard to Federal Criminal Judge Claudia Solcà.