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Swiss Criminal Procedure Code
(Criminal Procedure Code, CrimPC)

of 5 October 2007 (Status as of 1 July 2022)

Art. 299 Definition and purpose

1 The pre­lim­in­ary pro­ceed­ings com­prise the po­lice en­quir­ies and the in­vest­ig­a­tion by the pub­lic pro­sec­utor.

2 In the pre­lim­in­ary pro­ceed­ings, based on the sus­pi­cion that an of­fence has been com­mit­ted, en­quir­ies shall be car­ried out and evid­ence gathered in or­der to es­tab­lish wheth­er:

a sum­mary pen­alty or­der should be is­sued to the ac­cused;
charges should be brought against the ac­cused;
the pro­ceed­ings should be aban­doned.