The Federal Administrative Court
) is one of the five federal supreme court
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s of Germany
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. It is the court of the last resort for generally all cases of administrative law
Administrative law is the body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government. Government agency action can include rulemaking, adjudication, or the enforcement of a specific regulatory agenda. Administrative law is considered a branch of public law...
, mainly disputes between citizens and the state. It hears appeals from the Oberverwaltungsgerichte
, or Superior Administrative Courts, which, in turn, are the courts of appeals for decisions of the Verwaltungsgerichte
However, cases concerning social security law belong to the jurisdiction of the Sozialgerichte
(Social Courts) with the Bundessozialgericht as federal court of appeals, and cases of tax and customs law are decided by the Finanzgerichte
(Finance Courts), and, ultimately, by the Bundesfinanzhof.
has its seat at the former Reichsgericht
The Reichsgericht was the highest court of the Deutsches Reich. It was established on October 1, 1879 when the Reichsjustizgesetze came into effect, building a widely regarded body of jurisprudence....
(Imperial Court of Justice) building in Leipzig
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