Supreme Court of East Germany

The Supreme Court of the German Democratic Republic (German: Oberstes Gericht der DDR) was the highest judicial organ of the GDR. It was set up in 1949 and was housed on Scharnhorststraße 6 in Berlin. The building now houses the district court in Berlin, Germany 2 Instance and the District Court Berlin-Mitte. In the early days, 14 judges made up the court. It was disestablished in 1990.[1]

A trial in absentia of Hans Globke.
Supreme Court in 1963
Supreme Court in 1963



Among the responsibilities of the court included

  • The conduct of criminal proceedings in the first body, in which the Supreme Public Prosecutor of the Republic because of the paramount importance of prosecuting cases before the Supreme Court raised
  • Cassation in civil and criminal matters
  • vocation against decisions of acquittal for annulment actions of Office for invention and patent system in patent invalidity matters.

Later other tasks were added, mainly due to the process of simplification which is attributable to the pace of DDR-Justiz.

Neither separate constitutional court nor special administrative, social and financial court systems existed in the GDR.

Notable figures



  1. ^ Marshall, Tyler (1991-04-25). "COLUMN ONE : Germany's Judicial Nightmare : The east's system served the Communist Party more than the concept of justice. But in the sudden shift to western legal principles, courts are in a state of collapse". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2024-04-15.

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