Neighbours' Rights / Neighbour Protection: Arbitration (Dispute Resolution)

If the competent authority cannot settle a neighbourly dispute, the arbitration office (quality authority) should be involved.

Trees and shrubs, habits, sounds, cats, dogs and last but not least, of course, the children: there are many occasions for the neighboring community to become a tangible dispute. Many paths lead back to peaceful coexistence. And for many cases there are clear regulations.

The Arbitration Office - as a voluntary activity - is set up to settle disputes in neighbouring law matters (i.e. civil disputes). The Arbitration Office should always be involved if the regulations adopted by the responsible specialist office (e.g. Building Regulations Office, Public Order Office) are not sufficient and the neighbouring situation threatens to escalate.

The Schleswig-Holstein State Arbitration Act also stipulates that a judicial action can only be brought in disputes under neighbouring law if the parties have previously visited a so-called quality authority and tried to find an agreement there. Quality bodies in this sense are, on the one hand, the arbitration offices. On the other hand, lawyers can be recognised as a quality body. Of course, they can only act as a quality authority in a dispute under neighbouring law if they do not represent one of the parties themselves as a lawyer.

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Depending on the region, arbitrators (arbitrators) are also referred to as justices of the peace or arbitrators.

Further information on the subject of dispute resolution can be found on the website of the state government.

  • Mediation instead of judging
  • Arbitration Rules for the State of Schleswig-Holstein (SchO),
  • Landesschlichtungsgesetz Schleswig-Holstein (LschliG).

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  • Scho
  • LSchliG

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