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Greffe universel

The Greffe universel is a reception office for lawyers, litigants and the public. Located at the entrance of the Courthouse, it aims at facilitating the proceedings of litigants and lawyers, as well as the communication between the latter and all the courts and services of the Judiciary Power.




Place du Bourg-de-Four 1
Building A, ground floor
1204 Genève

Contact details

The change of schedule will take effect on July 1, 2023


Opening hours
8h30-12h30 / 13h30-16h30


Mr. Jean-Martin DROZ
Deputy Secretary-General


The Greffe universel:

  • Welcomes, informes and guides litigants, lawyers and court officers
  • Provides support for litigants in their administrative proceedings
  • Ensures the distribution of information leaflets, brochures and forms
  • Receives procedural acts, exhibit lists (evidence annexed to the petition in court) and any other documents intended for the courts and services
  • Receives payments by debit and credit cards and by Twint

Provided services

  • Reception of filings, exhibits and deeds

Filing exhibits, documents and forms has been made easier: you can now file documents for all instances and services at a single place.

The deadlines for appeals and processing are preserved: any filing requiring urgent processing is transmitted immediately, by digital means, to the corresponding instance or service.

All non-urgent filings made after 13h are received by the relevant instance or service the following morning. On the other hand, deposits made in the morning, i.e. between 8h and 13h, reach their addressee the same day.

  • Distribution and reception of application forms

Forms are available on the dedicated page of our website. If you are unsure or have questions, the Greffe universel will direct you to the form(s) relevant to your request. It is also at your disposal to answer your questions about its content.

  • Reception of payments by debit/credit cards and by Twint

Upon presentation of an invitation to pay, the Greffe universel ensures several types of collections, in connection with a proceedings:

In the event of a deposit of your rent and upon presentation of the duly completed form, it is possible to pay the first deposited rent directly to the Greffe universel.

Organization and composition

The Greffe universel is made up of the following:

  • A reception desk that guides the public and provides brief information
  • 2 desks that provide services for the Judiciary Power’s instances and offices


The Greffe universel is under the authority of the Office of the Secretary General of the Judiciary Power.

See also

Courts and Public Prosecutor's Office

Here is the list of the different courts of the Judiciary Power.

Contacts and access

Find here the contacts and access lists to the different courts and directorates of the Judiciary Power.