Public Prosecutor General (Germany)

Offices of the German Public Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe

The Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice (German: Generalbundesanwalt or Generalbundesanwältin (GBA), lit.: "General Federal Attorney") is the federal prosecutor of Germany, representing the federal government at the Bundesgerichtshof, the federal court of justice. The office of the Public Prosecutor General is located in Karlsruhe. Besides its role in appellate cases, the Public Prosecutor General has primary jurisdiction in cases of crimes against the state (in particular terrorism, espionage and treason), and offences under the Völkerstrafgesetzbuch (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). The Public Prosecutor General also represents Germany in certain civil and administrative cases.

The Federal Minister of Justice proposes the Public Prosecutor General with the approval of the Bundesrat to the President of Germany for appointment.[1]

In 1977, then-Public Prosecutor General Siegfried Buback was assassinated by an extremist left-wing group, the Red Army Faction.

List of Public Prosecutor General since 1950[2]Edit

Carlo Wiechmann 1950–1956
Max Güde 1956–1961
Wolfgang Fraenkel 1962
Ludwig Martin 1963–1974
Siegfried Buback 1974–1977
Kurt Rebmann 1977–1990
Alexander von Stahl 1990–1993
Kay Nehm 1994–2006
Monika Harms 2006–2011
Harald Range 2011–2015
Peter Frank 2015 - present


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Coordinates: 49°00′05″N 8°23′07″E / 49.00139°N 8.38528°E / 49.00139; 8.38528