15 August 2017

Can Swiss Parties provide evidence to a foreign court?

Blocking statutes, international judicial assistance, authorisations and exceptions

The Swiss blocking statute
Art. 271 of the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) prohibits carrying out activities on behalf of a foreign state on Swiss territory without lawful authority, where such activities are the responsibility of a public authority or public official. In principle, the obtaining of evidence for court proceedings abroad constitutes the exercise of public powers pursuant to Swiss case law.

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