At the start of the new year, Marianne Ryter and Vito Valenti will assume their new roles as President and Vice-President respectively of the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) for a two-year term. At the same time, there will also be changes on the Administrative Commission and to the Divisional Chairs.
The United Federal Assembly adopted the Federal Administrative Court’s proposal and, on 13 June 2018, it elected Marianne Ryter and Vito Valenti as President and Vice-President respectively of the Federal Administrative Court for 2019 and 2020. By law, both will also sit on the Administrative Commission. Marianne Ryter is a qualified lawyer and has been a judge at the FAC since 2007. She has been a member of the Administrative Commission since 2013, also serving as Vice-President of the Court from 2015 to 2018. "The Federal Administrative Court has found its place in the Swiss judicial system and is well established," said the new President. "We now need to continue consistently pursuing our aim of administering a high standard of justice in terms of both quality and quantity."
New members of the Administrative Commission
New Vice-President Vito Valenti is a lawyer and has been a judge at the Federal Administrative Court since 2007. He was a member of the Administrative Commission from 2011 to 2013, President of Division III from 2014 to 2018 and President of the Presidential Council from 2016 to 2018. On 23 October 2018, the Plenary Court nominated the three remaining members of the Administrative Commission for the 2019/20 term of office: judges Yannick Antoniazza-Hafner, Claudia Cotting-Schalch and Walter Lang. In accordance with the Swiss Federal Administrative Court Act, the terms for both the President and Vice-President as well as the three further members of the Administrative Commission are limited to two years – with the possibility of each being re-elected once.
On 11 December 2018, the Plenary Court then elected the Presidents of the six divisions. The following judges will preside in 2019 and 2020: Michael Beusch over Division I (in post), Francesco Andrea Brentani over Division II (in post), David Weiss over Division III (new), Nina Spälti Giannakitsas over Division IV (in post), Emilia Antonioni Luftensteiner over Division V (new) and Jenny de Coulon Scuntaro over Division VI (new). In accordance with the Federal Administrative Court Act, the Presidents of divisions are elected for two years and may not hold office for any longer than six years.
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