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Public sessions


Between ten and twenty public hearings open to all interested persons are held at the Court every year.

The time schedule, information and a short overview of the facts of the case to be heard are published on the website about a fortnight in advance.

Next sessions

Proceeding B-7225/2023, Withdrawal of licence
Date, Time 13.06.2024, 2 p.m.

Federal Administrative Court, Kreuzackerstrasse 12, 9000 St. Gallen

Language French
Summary The facts (F)
Note Security check at the beginning

Public sessions at the FAC

The Federal Administrative Court distinguishes between two types of public hearings: public hearings of the parties and public judicial deliberations.

A public party hearing provides the parties, lower instances and possible other parties concerned the opportunity to express themselves in court on the matter in dispute. At the Federal Administrative Court, a public party hearing can only take place in proceedings relating to civil claims or criminal charges (see Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights). It is ordered by the instructing judge if a party demands such a hearing or if substantial public interests justify it (see Article 40 of Federal Administrative Court Act).

During a public deliberation on the judgment the judges decide on a matter in dispute. On this occasion the judges discuss their different arguments and finally vote on the outcome of the proceedings.  A public deliberation is conducted at the Federal Administrative Court under the following conditions (see Article 41 of Federal Administrative Court Act):

  • A decision is taken by a panel of five judges;
  • The panel of judges has been unable to agree on the issue at hand;
  • The President of the Division orders a public deliberation or a judge on the panel requests such a public deliberation.

Before open hearings, the Federal Administrative Court publishes a brief summary of the facts of the case. We regret to be unable to provide any further information about ongoing proccedings beyond this summary.

Rocco Maglio
Rocco Maglio

Press secretary / Head of communication a.i.