Judges

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Judges work in one of the FAC's six divisions. Each division is devoted to specific areas. Judges are responsible for ensuring that complaints and litigation proceedings are properly conducted. 

The chamber president uses an automated computer program to allocate incoming cases to the judges. The main judge appointed to handle the case is responsible for gathering evidence and conducting a hearing (usually in written form) and to weigh the arguments put forward by both parties. 

Only then does the actual adjudication process start. This normally involves one main judge, two fellow judges and a court clerk (acting in an advisory capacity). The arguments presented by the parties as well as the facts and evidence are all considered by the panel in light of constitutional, legislative and governmental provisions and weighed in light of the dispute submitted to the FAC.  

The written judgment is drafted by the presiding judge and a court clerk.

Portraits of judges

Further information

https://www.bvger.ch/content/bvger/en/home/about-fac/judges-and-court-clerks/judges.html