Welcome to the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice
The Bavarian State Ministry of Justice is the supreme authority for some 14,000 judges, public prosecutors, judicial officers, probation and court officers, first and second level civil servants, employees and for about 4,500 civil servants and employees in law enforcement.
The ministry is responsible not only for the staffing and facilities of the courts, departments of public prosecution and law enforcement institutions in Bavaria. In particular its other responsibilities include the Bavarian judiciary’s budgetary and building matters, questions of principle regarding organisation, the modernisation of the judiciary, advocacy law, the system of notary’s offices, law enforcement, the training and further training of public servants and the Administrative Office of the State Courts – Examination Division. The ministry also contributes to the legislation of the Federal Government and of the Free State of Bavaria, primarily in the fields of civil law, criminal law and procedural law.
According to the constitution of the Free State of Bavaria, the person responsible for running the ministry is the Minister of State for Justice. Since 10 October 2013 that has been Prof. Dr. Winfried Bausback. He is a member of the national government with a seat and vote in the cabinet.
- Prof. Dr. Winfried Bausback´s c.v.
Born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, on October 22, 1965
Married, three children
Education and Carreer Path
1985: International Baccalaureate, Kronberg-Gymnasium, Aschaffenburg,
Germany, followed by basic mandatory military service in Kassel and Wolfhagen,
Starting in October 1986: Studied law at Julius Maximilian University of
Würzburg, Germany, occasionally studied history and philosophy concurrently;
Konrad Adenauer Scholar
1992: First state law examination in Würzburg
Starting in April 1992: Legal internships in Aschaffenburg, Würzburg and
1995: Second state law examination
Starting in February 1995: Research Assistant and then Assistant and
Senior Assistant to the Chair for International Law, General Governmental
Theory, Bavarian and German Constitutional Law as well as Political Science of
Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg
1997: Doctorate at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg; Bavarian
Post-Doctoral Award recipient
2002: Post-Doctorate at Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg;
obtained teaching credentials for public, European and international law;
followed by substitute professorships at Friedrich Alexander University of
Erlangen-Nuremberg and the University of Bayreuth as well as lecturer posts at the
Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Since April 2008: Professor at the University of Wuppertal; Public Law
Chair, specializing in European and International Commercial Law (professorship
suspended since the beginning of State Parliament membership)
Political Career & Party Offices
1984: Joined the Young Christian Democrats
1985: Joined the Christian Social Union
Holder of various offices since then; at present:
Aschaffenburg City District Chairman of the Christian Social Union
Member of the Executive Committee of the Christian Social Union (since
District Chairman of the Christian Social Union’s Lawyers Task Force in
Deputy District Chairman of the Christian Social Union’s University Task
Force in Lower Franconia (since 2009)
Since 2002: Aschaffenburg City Councilor; Deputy Chairman of the
Christian Social Union’s City Council Parliamentary Group (since 2005)
Since October 20, 2008: Member of the State Parliament; in the 16th legislative period (2008 to 2013) inter alia
Member of the
Constitutional, Legal, Parliamentary Issues and Consumer Protection Committee
Civil Service Issues Committee
BayernLB/HGAA Investigation Panel
Bavaria – NSU Right-Wing Terrorism Investigation Panel
- Constitutional, Legal, Parliamentary Issues and Consumer Protection Committee
Since October 10, 2013: Bavarian State Minister of Justice
Since 2002: Member of the Advisory Board of the Aschaffenburg Cultural
Since 2008: Deputy Member of the Aschaffenburg Specialized Secondary
School/Vocational Secondary School Association
For an extended period of time to date, Deputy Chairman of the St.
Conrad Kindergarten Support Association in Aschaffenburg.
- Born in Aschaffenburg, Germany, on October 22, 1965
The Senior Official of the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice is Ministerial Director Prof. Dr. Frank Arloth. The ministry currently has about 205 staff, roughly 80 of them fourth level civil servants. The ministry is divided into seven departments and the Administrative Office of the State Courts – Examination Division.
- The ministry’s departments and their areas of responsibility
Staff matters, staff budget, notarial matters, the law of the legal professions
Budget and construction, organisation, IT, business statistics
Matters of principle, European law and public law
Civil law and consumer law
Criminal law and internet crime
Training, further training and examination law
- Department A
- The administrative Office of the State Courts – Examination Division
The Administrative Office of the State Courts – Examination Division is responsible for preparing and conducting the First and Second State Examination in Law, the Judicial Officer Examination, the Bailiff Examination, the Principal Court Clerk Examination and the examination for the various careers of the law enforcement service.
Justice and law enforcement in Bavaria
The Bavarian State Ministry of Justice portfolio encompasses the courts of the ordinary court system, i.e. the civil and criminal courts. In Bavaria that is the higher regional courts of Munich, Nuremberg and Bamberg, 22 regional courts and 73 district courts with 7 agencies.
In Bavaria, the specialised court system (administrative, industrial, social and financial courts) belongs to the portfolio of the respective government ministries, not to the law department.
The departments of public prosecution are obliged to prosecute criminal acts and – unless other authorities are preferentially appointed to do so – also administrative offences.
In Bavaria there are general departments of public prosecution in Munich, Nuremberg and Bamberg, and departments of public prosecution at each of the regional courts (with five public prosecution agencies).
In addition the Bavarian State Ministry of Justice is in charge of the entire Bavarian law enforcement system. Altogether Bavaria has 36 prisons and 6 youth juvenile detention institutions. The Bavarian Law Enforcement School in Straubing is responsible for the training and further training of law enforcement officials.
The Bavarian State Ministry of Justice also works closely with consumer organisations, which it promotes. Verbraucherzentrale Bayern and VerbraucherServiceBayern are contacts on the spot everywhere in Bavaria. Besides giving individuals advice they organise lectures, practical demonstrations and a lot more.
Justizpalast am Karlsplatz
80335 München (Hausanschrift) oder
80097 München (Postanschrift)
Postanschrift: 80097 München