German Judicial Self-Government — Institutions and Constraints

Fabian Wittreck
2018 German Law Journal  
AbstractTypically, Germany is portrayed as a persistent objector to Judicial Self-Government in any form. The present paper will demonstrate that this position is untenable: Actually, the German judiciary disposes of a differentiated system of institutions of self-government. The effects of these institutional settings on core values like independence and accountability proves to be mixed at best, however. Furthermore, there are practically no proponents of a stronger version of self-government
more » ... of self-government to be reckoned with. Indeed, the Italian-style model of self-government or the visions of the CCJE are basically contrary to the prevailing German understanding of democratic legitimacy and separation of powers; moreover, the long lasting recruiting pattern of the German judiciary will act as a powerful obstacle. Ultimately, even the introduction of a strong self-government via constitutional amendment remains an open question.
doi:10.1017/s2071832200023282 fatcat:676d4hr75fe25kcev7mjsne4nm