Proceedings of a constitutional complaint

How does the constitutional complaint procedure commence?

The constitutional complaint will work something like this:

  • First of all, send me the documents relating to the previous legal proceedings.
  • I’ll let you know if I can handle this particular case and what the cost will be. After you have given your consent, you will receive various documents from my office (for example the power of attorney), which you send back to me by fax or scanned by e-mail and in the original.
  • At the same time, I am already beginning to pre-structure the constitutional complaint.
    My coworkers are then entrusted with initial research assignments to find case law, relating judgments and literature opinions.
  • While the constitutional complaint has to be in German, all communication can be made in English.
  • You will receive an advance invoice for about one third of the agreed amount, which you should pay within one week.
  • If, in the process of writing the constitutional complaint, it turns out that I need more documents, I will ask for them.
  • Once the constitutional complaint is in a form that you can already relate to, I’ll send you the first draft.
  • You are welcome to bring in your own ideas, which I can then incorporate into the further work.
  • At about the same time, a discussion of the current state of affairs with my staff takes place, in which the further course of action is planned and the necessary work is distributed.
  • Based on your suggestions and further research, I will revise my drafts, usually several times, and send them to you.
  • When the constitutional complaint is ready, I send it including all necessary attachments first by fax to the Federal Constitutional Court. This ensures that the deadline is met.
  • Afterwards the documents go – if necessary – by post to Karlsruhe.
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