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Legal Jurisdictions

Federal movement but cantonal regulation

Lawyer Title(s)


Regulator(s) of Admission

All lawyers who are listed in a cantonal register can practice.


Regulator(s) of Practice

Regulation is conducted by legislation with the canton (26) of practice.


Disciplinary Authorities

Judicial organization in each canton (26).


Primary Legislative Source

The Federal Act on the Freedom of Movement for Lawyers (FAFML) of 23 June 2000. There is local legislation in each canton which grants them the right to determine the requirements for obtaining a license to practise law in their territory and the right to authorise lawyers, accredited with its cantonal license, to represent parties before its own judicial authorities as opposed to the Federal courts.