Report of the GPK of Parliament
Judges presented Parliament with numbers that were too low
In order to convince parliament to create an appeals chamber at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona, the highest judges gave the wrong number of cases. This is now being reprimanded by the parliamentary audit committees.
Since 2019 there has been a new appeal chamber at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona.
The judges played with wrong numbers! Since 2019 there has been a new appeal chamber at the Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona. Since then, judgments that the criminal chamber of first instance has concluded in whole or in part can be appealed to this chamber of appeal.
Intentionally too low
But now a parliamentary control report reveals that the top judges cheated when planning the appeals chamber: Daniel Kipfer, President of the Federal Criminal Court, told parliament that eleven cases a year were expected. According to the report of the Business Audit Committee (GPK) of the National Council and Council of States, Kipfer deliberately gave a number that was far too low. For fear that if the number were higher, the project would fail altogether.
Internally, concerns were expressed early on as to whether the estimated staff would be sufficient. However, these objections were dismissed. A warning had been given against passing on the information to Bern. According to the GPK, Kipfer bypassed the organs of the Federal Criminal Court. “This is all the more disturbing given that opinions within the court on the organization of the Appeals Chamber were not unanimous,” the report said. “The deeply stacked forecasts had a system and corresponded to a political calculation.”
Three times more cases
The plan worked and the creation of the Appeals Chamber was accepted. According to the “Tages-Anzeiger”, one German and one Italian-speaking judge were hired part-time. Instead of eleven cases, 35 were received in the first year. The Chamber was immediately overloaded, causing years of delays. Parliament had to hurry to approve further funds for the chamber, but the resource problem remains unresolved.
The same federal criminal court in Ticino was already in the headlines because of allegations of bullying against a judge. (lui)