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Definition

Regional court (Germany)

In Germany, regional courts (Landgericht) are the court of first instance in cases of crimes and serious misdemeanors which are liable to involve a sentence of over four years’ imprisonment (though cases of homicide are dealt with by another court known as the Schwurgericht). In civil law cases, regional courts are responsible for all cases involving claims of over 5,000 euro which are not referred on to a district court known as the Amtsgericht. Regional courts are also courts of second instance for appeals against decisions of the Amtsgericht in criminal and civil cases (apart from family court issues).

Cases (3)

  • Chile – Colonia Dignidad – Germany

    Colonia Dignidad remains a dark chapter of German legal history

  • Pakistan – Textile industry – KiK

    KiK: Paying the price for clothing produced in South Asia

  • Mexico – Arms exports – Heckler & Koch

    Brutal police operation in Mexico: German arms manufacturer Heckler & Koch responsible