Admission to the OSCE: 25 June 1973
Policing overview: The only policing body in the Principality of Liechtenstein is the National Police (Landespolizei).
1. General information
Jurisdiction in civil and criminal matters is exercised in the first instance by the Court of Justice; in the second instance by the Court of Appeals; and in the third and final instance by the Supreme Court. On behalf of the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, administrative jurisdiction is exercised by the Administrative Court and, in some cases, also by the Constitutional Court.
In cases where the Public Prosecutor deems that a report or file indicates that there are sufficient grounds for a criminal prosecution, he requests the examining magistrate to initiate a preliminary investigation. The latter notifies the Public Prosecutor of the results of this investigation and, on the basis of these findings, the Public Prosecutor decides whether to issue an indictment or drop the case.
Last Updated: 2 November 2006