Elections for lay judges
Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

Alderman elections take place every five years. The election year is always the year BEFORE the new five-year term begins.
Lay judges are honorary judges in criminal matters and participate in the hearing and the decision-making process at the local and regional courts.
Juvenile lay judges are honorary judges at the juvenile court.

Honorary administrative judges are involved in legal disputes in the administrative or higher administrative court (e.g. immigration and asylum law, school, construction, civil service, regulatory and health law).

No prior legal training is required for these honorary posts. The participation of non-legally trained citizens is required precisely because they should contribute their life and professional experience, their reasonable judgement, their public spirit and their assessments to the decisions of the courts.
Only the youth aldermen should also have educational qualifications and be experienced in youth education. This requirement does not have to be acquired through school or work.

The upcoming term of office is from 01/01/2024 to 12/31/2028.

You are obliged to attend the meetings to which you have been invited. The employer must release them for the duration of their assignment.
They receive compensation for their work (among other things for loss of earnings, lost time and travel expenses). There is no further compensation.
The application documents are expected to be available from January 2023.


  • Possession of German citizenship
  • between 25 and 69 years of age when taking office (01.01.2019), there is no maximum age limit for honorary administrative judges
  • The registration address must be in the respective district office area (i.e. you can only be proposed to the responsible district)
  • physical and mental fitness and no deterioration in assets (no over-indebtedness, insolvency)

Additional requirement for youth lay judges:

  • Educational ability and experience in youth education
    (This ability and experience does not need to be acquired at school or professionally. It is sufficient, for example, that you can refer to your own upbringing of children or work voluntarily or professionally with young people)


No people are being sought for the current term of office. Acting honorary judges who would like to work in the next term of office must reapply.

Courts Constitution Act,
Juvenile Court Act,
Administrative court code
Section 31 of the Federal Registration Act

Related Links

  • Aldermen
  • Alderman election
  • Declaration of consent of lay judges (PDF)
  • Leaflet for lay judges
  • Aldermen's Guide

In the winter/spring of 2023, the districts will draw up nomination lists for the elections. The elections are expected to take place in late summer 2023.

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