Stephan Harbarth is to become the new Vice-President and later President of the Federal constitutional court. The group agreed the tips of Union, SPD, Greens and FDP, the associated press reports according. The 46-year-old lawyer is Vice-Chairman of the Union faction in the Bundestag. He will take over as Chairman of the First Senate in Karlsruhe, Ferdinand Kirchhof. Regular would take Harbarth then in 2020, following the resignation of Andreas vosskuhle, the office of the President of the Federal constitutional court.

The President of the Federal constitutional court Protocol has Aryan, the fifth-highest Position in Germany. The term of office of the 16 judges of the Constitutional court and judges will take twelve years. Candidates must be at least 40 years old, qualified to hold judicial office have, and for the Bundestag that can be chosen.

Traditionally, the major parties have in the exchange, the right of proposal. This time the Union has had a turn. Constitutional judges are selected in principle by a two-thirds majority in an alternating manner by either the Bundestag or by the Bundesrat to the office. About Harbarth needs to be tuned because of the complicated electoral rules twice: The Bundestag elects him to the judges of the constitutional court, of the Federal Council to the Vice-President.

Harbarth is a Partner in the law firm Schilling, Zutt and Anschütz, as well as honorary Professor at the University of Heidelberg. The Catholic is the father of three children and sits since 2009 as a directly elected CDU member of Parliament for the constituency of Rhein-Neckar in the German Bundestag.

search for candidates proved to be difficult

the Parliamentary Manager of The FDP group in the Bundestag, Stefan Ruppert, told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, which first reported on the personnel, it was a “very good proposal”. Harbarth was a “clear market-economy-oriented lawyer.” His election will contribute to a “good mixture” in the Federal constitutional court.

The decision was long overdue, because the churchyard had with his 68. Birthday to actually get a divorce already the end of June from the office. But the search for candidates proved to be difficult. Originally for the Item in Karlsruhe provided Günter Krings (CDU), parliamentary state Secretary in the Federal Ministry of the interior, was met with Green resistance.

The Federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe, Germany, watches over the observance of the basic law in Germany. The 16 judges can be called with a constitutional complaint by any citizen directly, to check whether a state Act with the basic law is compatible. About 6,000 of such constitutional complaints every year in Karlsruhe, however, only a small part of you success.

The court decides in organs, among other things, on disputes between the state and checks whether laws are constitutional. Spectacular cases have been recently about the ruling against the data retention or the decision not to ban the NPD. Currently, the court decides, often, finally, on deportations.

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