Sat, Dec. 17, 2011

German Statutes, as Amended

CK - Washington.   Statutes, as amended -- or law in the most current version, -- are easily found in German bookstores. Most legislative acts are federal. Publishing houses print them affordably, and the major works rest on bookshelves in homes as commonly as in law firms or libraries.

As amended, such editions may be useless in the practice of law. Frequently, issues arise long after amendments to statutes occur. Legislators in Germany appear to justify the salaries, as they do elsewhere, by adding, subtracting, replacing and just good-old amending. Formerly, codes were good for a handful of centuries; that is history. Every elected twit wants leave her mark on what used to be carved in stone, or on clay tablets. Every lobbyist expects too see something for his money.

Synoptical presentations of the statutory bodies of law are the answer. Lexetius brings that approach to the web. Print editions exist, with side-by-side columns of the law then and now, such as J. von Staudingers Kommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch mit Einführungsgesetz und Nebengesetzen von Hans-Wolfgang Strätz. I like Lexetius. It is plain, useful, intelligent and clear. It fits on electronically driven tablets.


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