Sat, Jan. 09, 2010

Gerglisch in German Courts

CK - Washington.   Gerglisch will become an official language in German courts. Fearing the sound of international litigation being sucked into Anglo courts and into arbitration, a statutory change is in the works.

The courts feel well equipped to handle the linguistic challenge and look forward to establishing special panels that--similar to commercial panels--consist of one judge and two laypersons. The Cologne circuit has already laid the ground work and permits hearings in English.

Until the amendments to the constitutional statute for the judiciary, Gerichtsverfassungsgesetz, pass, however, written submissions and opinions must be in German. FAZ newspaper summarizes, in German, the legislative project which already authorizes parties to state a language preference in their choice of forum clause.


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