Governing organisations


a. Supervision of activities

b. Disciplinary proceedings


a. Supervision of activities

Professionally, the activity of Gerichtsvollzieher is being supervised by the courts of enforcement (Vollstreckungsgerichte[1]). Against the mode of enforcement, creditors, debtors and third parties can register a protest (Erinnerung). Thereupon the responsible judge of the county court checks the legality of the procedure. A civil servant of the responsible county court checks regularly if the other business (keeping of files, accounting, money transactions, pp.) is being conducted in an orderly manner, an inspection in this field takes place annually without prior announcement.

b. Disciplinary proceedings

Training and post basic training of Gerichtsvollzieher are being regulated by the administration of the judicial service of the states and the higher regional courts (Oberlandesgerichte). Since Gerichtsvollzieher are civil servants, they are subject to the disciplinary law of the States (Laender) of the Federation. Disciplinary powers are being exercised by the directors or presidents of the county courts or the higher regional courts, depending on the [nature of the] offence.



[1] The term ‘Court of enforcement’ does not signify an individual genre of courts of law, but refers to the specific activity; it could therefore be a county court acting as a court of enforcement, a regional court acting in that capacity etc.


Dr Julian Lonbay
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