The Committee on the Constitution shall examine Ministers' performance of their duties and the handling of Government business. The Committee is entitled for this purpose to have access to the records of the decisions made in Cabinet matters and to all documents pertaining to such matters. Any other Parliament Committee and any member of the Parliament shall be entitled to raise in writing with the Committee on the Constitution any issue concerning a Minister's performance of his duties or concerning the handling of Cabinet business.
It shall be incumbent upon the Committee on the Constitution to communicate to the Parliament, whenever reasons so warrant but at least once a year, any observations which the Committee may find worthy of attention in connection with its scrutiny. The Parliament may make representations to the Government as a result.
A person who is currently or has been previously a Minister may be held accountable for a criminal act committed in the performance of his official duties only if he has grossly neglected his duties thereby. Such impeachment is a matter for decision by the Committee on the Constitution and the case shall be tried by the Supreme Court.
(1) The Parliament may declare that a particular Minister does not enjoy the confidence of Parliament. Such a declaration of no confidence requires the concurrence therein of more than half the members of the Parliament.
(2) A motion for a declaration of no confidence shall be taken up for consideration only if it is introduced by no fewer than one tenth of the members of the Parliament. It shall not be taken up for consideration during the period between the date on which an ordinary election has been held or an extra election has been declared and the Parliament elected in such an election has convened. A motion which concerns a Minister holding office under the terms of Chapter 6, Article 8 after having been discharged may not be taken up for consideration in any circumstances.
(3) A motion calling for a declaration of no confidence shall not be prepared in committee.
Under provisions laid down in the Parliament Act, any member of the Parliament may submit an interpellation or put down a question for a Minister in any matter concerning the Minister's performance of his duties.
(1) The Parliament shall elect one or more Ombudsmen to supervise under instructions laid down by the Parliament the application in public service of laws and other statutes. An Ombudsman may initiate legal proceedings in the cases indicated in these instructions.
(2) An Ombudsman may be present at the deliberations of a court or an administrative authority and shall have access to the minutes and other documents of any such court or authority. Any court or administrative authority and any State or local government official shall provide an Ombudsman with such information and reports as he may request. A similar obligation shall also be incumbent on any other person coming under the supervision of the Ombudsman. A public prosecutor shall assist an Ombudsman on request.
(3) Further provisions concerning the Ombudsmen are set forth in the Parliament Act.
(1) The Parliament shall elect auditors from among its members to examine the activities of the State. The Parliament may decide that the auditors' scrutiny shall extend also to other activities. The Parliament draws up standing orders for the auditors.
(2) Under provisions set forth in law, the auditors may demand such documents, data, and reports as are necessary for their scrutiny.
(3) Further provisions concerning the auditors are set out in the Parliament Act.
(1) Proceedings under penal law on account of a criminal act committed by a member of the Supreme Court or the Supreme Administrative Court in the exercise of his official functions shall be brought before the Supreme Court by a Parliamentary Ombudsman or by the Justice Chancellor.
(2) The Supreme Court shall likewise examine and determine whether, in accordance with the provisions laid down in this connection, a member of the Supreme Court or the Supreme Administrative Court shall be removed from office or suspended from duty, or shall be obliged to undergo a medical examination. Proceedings to this effect shall be initiated by a Parliamentary Ombudsman or by the Justice Chancellor.