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Sourced from CISG-online website of the University of Freiburg. See also presentation at <http://www.unidroit.info/mm/TheGermanJudicialSystem.pdf>.

Guide to CISG online: Judicial organisation in the Contracting States of the CISG Judicial organisation in Germany (Overview)

The CISG has entered into force for Germany on 1 January 1991.
Declarations and reservations

Bundesgerichtshof (BGH)
Federal Supreme Court; seat in Karlsruhe

    Jurisdiction:
  • Review over decisions by the Oberlandesgericht according to 133 Nr. 1 GVG, if either the value of dispute (Wert der Beschwer) exceeds DEM 60,000 ( 546 I 1 ZPO) or the Oberlandesgericht under certain conditions permits the review over its decision ( 546 I 1, 2 ZPO)
  • Review over decisions by the Landgericht according to 133 Nr. 1 GVG, if all parties to the dispute agree on the jurisdiction of the Bundesgerichtshof ("Sprungrevision", 566 a I, II ZPO)

Oberlandesgericht (OLG)
Court of Appeal
For historic reasons, the Oberlandesgericht in Berlin is called "Kammergericht" (KG)

    Jurisdiction:
  • Appeal against first-instance decisions by the Landgericht according to 119 I Nr. 3, 4 GVG

Landgericht (LG)
Regional Court

    Jurisdiction:
  • Disputes involving a value exceeding DEM 10,000 at first instance according to 71 I, 23 Nr. 1 GVG
  • Appeal against decisions by the Amtsgericht according to 72 GVG, if value of dispute (Berufungssumme) exceeds DEM 1,500 ( 511a I ZPO)

Amtsgericht (AG)
Local Court

    Jurisdiction:
  • Disputes involving a value not exceeding DEM 10,000 at first instance according to 23 Nr. 1 GVG

Note: The overview only extends to courts that exercise jurisdiction over disputes involving international sales contracts under the CISG.
Abbreviations:
DEM = German Mark
GVG = Gerichtsverfassungsgesetz (German Code of Judicial Organisation)
ZPO = Zivilprozessordnung (German Code of Civil Procedure)
Links:
Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Supreme Court)


Pace Law School Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated September 2, 2008
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