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Tribunal pénal

The Tribunal pénal rules on criminal proceedings as the cantonal authority of the first instance.




Rue des Chaudronniers 9
Building H

1204 Genève

Contact details


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

For legal agents only, in connection with the Tribunal des mesures de contrainte proceedings:

Mailing address

Tribunal pénal
Case postale 3715
1211 Genève 3

Presidency and Directorate



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    Mrs. Joëlle LAICH




The Tribunal pénal comprises 5 courts and is organized into 2 sections.

One of them is made up of the 3 courts which are responsible for prosecuting criminal offences at first instance, i.e.


You must contact the Tribunal pénal again to obtain a new one.

You must write to the Tribunal pénal, the direction of the proceedings will take the decision.

In principle, hearings are public unless a closed session is ordered. However, persons under 16 years of age must have the permission of the judge to attend the hearings.

Yes, if your case is currently underway. You must send your request in writing to the judge in charge of your case.

You should get in touch with the Contraventions Service.

See also

Criminal law branch

The Public Prosecutor's Office and the criminal justice authorities prosecute and sanction conducts prohibited by law, i.e. contraventions, misdemeanours and felonies.

Legal advice service and legal counsels

The Judiciary Power does not provide legal advice. You can contact the following associations and organizations.