International judicial co-operation – the role of the Central Authority Reference No.: Ju 2014.01e

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Under most of the conventions on international cooperation relating to criminal and civil matters, states are required to appoint a central authority to serve as a contact point for the cooperation. The Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Co-operation (BIRS) at the Ministry of Justice is the Swedish central authority for this co-operation.

The Central Authority assists Swedish and foreign authorities in such matters as extradition for criminal offences, international legal assistance in criminal matters, the transfer of enforcement of sentences and criminal proceedings.

The Division also deals with matters related to international judicial co-operation that require a decision by the Government. Another of its tasks is responsibility for legislation on international judicial cooperation in criminal matters and negotiations within the Nordic region, the EU, the Council of Europe and the UN related to this field.

The purpose of this fact sheet is to present a comprehensive picture of the role of the Central Authority in international judicial co-operation.

The fact sheet in Swedish: Internationellt rättsligt samarbete - Centralmyndighetens roll

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