Law Reform: Yet Another Call to Rethink Civil Procedure

In an op-ed piece in today’s Handelsblatt, Reinhard Gaier, a judge at the Federal Consitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht), calls for a fundamental review of the entire system of civil litigation (Shaky Foundation – Unsicheres Fundament; paywalled). Last month, Gaier published a similar piece in Frankfurter Allgemeine in March, and started the year with an interview in the legal press on the topic (Ist die Zivilprozessordnung noch ein modernes Verfahrensrecht?, ZRP 2013, 27) so he is on the campaing trail. For what it’s worth, he does have my full support.

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Law Reform: Prominent Judge Calls for Involvement of Private Practice Lawyers in Judiciary

Reinhard Gaier, a judge at Germany’s highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) has written a remarkable op-ed piece for yesterday’s Frankfurter Allgemeine (Hard Nuts – Harte Nüsse). Judge Gaier suggests that what the German judiciary needs is more private practice lawyers getting involved in the judiciary.  Continue reading

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