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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>.
Judicial organisation in Germany (Overview)
The CISG has entered into force for Germany on 1 January 1991.
Declarations and reservations
Federal Supreme Court; seat in Karlsruhe
- 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)
Court of Appeal
For historic reasons, the Oberlandesgericht in Berlin is called "Kammergericht" (KG)
- Appeal against first-instance decisions by the Landgericht according to § 119 I Nr. 3, 4 GVG
- 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)
- 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.
DEM = German Mark
GVG = Gerichtsverfassungsgesetz (German Code of Judicial Organisation)
ZPO = Zivilprozessordnung (German Code of Civil Procedure)
Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Supreme Court)
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Institute of International Commercial Law - Last updated September 2, 2008