- The Federal Ministry of Justice (Bundesministerium der Justiz)
- The Federal Office of Justice (Bundesamt für Justiz)
The Federal Office of Justice serves as the central point at federal level when it comes to cross-border criminal matters (international mutual assistance). However, owing to the principles of mutual recognition and the direct channel of communication between judicial authorities within the European Union, it is routinely not the Federal Office which is competent for receiving and handling MLA requests. Instead, this has largely been delegated to the Public Prosecution Offices and the criminal courts (see EJN Atlas). The only exception is the enforcement of financial penalties pursuant to Framework Decision 2005/214/JHA, where the Federal Office of Justice is the competent central authority for incoming and outgoing requests.
- The Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt)
- The Federal Public Prosecution Office (Generalbundesanwalt beim Bundesgerichtshof)
At the federal level, a Federal Public Prosecution Office has been established parallel to the Federal Court of Justice. The Federal Public Prosecution Office pleads appeals in the Federal Court of Justice. With respect to investigations and trial, it does not hold a general jurisdiction. Its jurisdiction is limited to war crimes and other crimes under international law, terrorism cases and cases pertaining to national security.
- The Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt)
The Federal Criminal Police Office is competent to carry out law enforcement tasks in certain cases of international and serious crime. Furthermore, the Federal Criminal Police Office coordinates crime suppression at national and international level, in close cooperation with the Criminal Police Offices (the “Landeskriminalämter”) of the various states (the “Länder”) of Germany. Beyond this mandate, the Federal Criminal Police Office functions as the central police contact for various organisations and networks (see http://www.bka.de/nn_195530/EN/TheBKA/Tasks/InternationalFunction/internationalFunction__node.html?__nnn=true).
The Federal Criminal Police Office is Germany's national central office for the Schengen Information System SIRENE. It also functions as "Interpol Wiesbaden", the National Contact Bureau for Interpol and as the national unit for EUROPOL. It is the national police Asset Recovery Office (ARO) under Council Decision
2007/845/JHA. It also hosts the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for Germany.
- The Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof)
The Federal Court of Justice represents the final court of appeal for all judgments issued by the regional and higher regional courts in Germany acting as courts of first instance. The federal court of justice never acts as court of first instance and has therefore no original jurisdiction.
-The Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht)
The Federal Constitutional Court plays an important role in Germany. Its task is in particular to monitor compliance with the constitution.
-The German Federal Bar (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer)
With the provided form you can search the database of all “Rechtsanwälte”/“Rechtsanwältinnen” (attorneys-at-law in private practice) and European lawyers admitted in Germany as well as lawyers from other countries which are established in Germany under § 206 of the Federal Lawyers Act and all legal advisers (“Rechtsbeistände”) who are members of a Bar.
- Portal of the justice authorities of the federal and state governments
The joint justice portal is maintained by the federal and state governments and provides a wide range of e-justice service in a simple and uniform way.
- Directory of Places and Courts
The “Directory of Places and Courts” provides addresses of the locally competent courts and prosecution office similar to the information contained in the EJN-Atlas
- The Federal Central Criminal Register (Bundeszentralregister)
The Register, which is maintained by the Federal Office of Justice, holds judgments of the criminal courts which have become final, as well as certain rulings of the guardianship courts and administrative authorities, and – after an assessment entailing a comparison of laws – foreign criminal convictions handed down against Germans or against foreigners living in Germany.