Instrument of Government

Chapter 13, Article 6

Parliamentary Ombudsmen

The Riksdag elects one or more Parliamentary Ombudsmen who shall supervise the application of laws and other regulations in the public service, under terms of reference drawn up by the Riksdag. An Ombudsman may institute legal proceedings in the cases indicated in these terms of reference.

Courts of law, administrative authorities and State or local government employees shall provide an Ombudsman with such information and opinions as he or she may request. Other persons coming under the supervision of the Ombudsman have a similar obligation. An Ombudsman has the right to access the records and other documents of courts of law and administrative authorities. A public prosecutor shall assist an Ombudsman if so requested.

More detailed provisions concerning the Ombudsmen are laid down in the Riksdag Act and elsewhere in law.

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