Country Sweden
Year 1998
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


According to Chapter 5 Section 10 of the Code of Judicial Procedure, the court may decide that a person - e.g. a victim - which shall participate at a court session shall take part of the session via video-link or by telephone. When deciding if such participation is appropriate, the court shall especially consider if the person has a manifest fear of being present in the court room. Videoconferencing facilities are available in a majority of the district courts throughout the country and at every court of appeal, i.e. the courts which handles criminal cases in first and second instance.

Chapter 36, Section 18 and Chapter 37, Section 3 of the Swedish Code of Judicial Procedure stipulates that if there is ground to believe that, in the presence of a party, a witness or a party (victim/survivor) does not tell the truth openly through fear or any cause, the court may order the party to be excluded from the courtroom during the examination.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Sweden to the questionnaire on violence against women, January 2009