Kopp v Switzerland: ECHR 25 Mar 1998

WCHR Switzerland – monitoring of a law firm’s telephone lines on orders of the Federal Public Prosecutor (sections 66(1 bis) and 77 of the Federal Criminal Procedure Act – ‘the FCPA’)
A lawyer’s home telephone was tapped in an investigation of whether his wife was disclosing confidential information from the Department of Justice where she worked (she was subsequently acquitted).
Held: His claim was refused. Although the monitoring of his telephone lines had seriously perturbed his relations with his family and the members of his firm, it had not had a serious impact. They described the breach of Article 8 as meaning simply that the applicant ‘did not enjoy the minimum degree of protection required by the rule of law in a democratic society’ and without giving more reasoning stated the ‘the finding of a violation of Article 8 constitutes sufficient compensation’.

[1998] HRCD 356, 23224/94, [1998] 27 EHHR 93, [1998] ECHR 18, (1999) 27 EHRR 91, [1989] ECHR 10842/84
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Updated: 09 January 2022; Ref: scu.165593