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Learn more about the Federal Constitutional Court’s duties and status, its structure and its relations to other courts.
The Federal Constitutional Court consists of two Senates, each of them with eight Justices. As a constitutional organ, it is independently organised.
The Federal Constitutional Court is considered the “guardian of the Basic Law”. Its duties include to authoritatively interpret the Basic Law and to ensure enforcement of the fundamental rights.
The members of the Court are assisted by four research assistants (or “clerks”) each, and by the Court administration.
The in-house library, which specialises on public law, constitutional and administrative law, general theory of state and of society, as well as politics and contemporary history, holds about 400,000 volumes.
The Federal Constitutional Court engages in exchanges with the Supreme Federal Courts, constitutional courts abroad and international courts.
The Federal Constitutional Court has existed since 1951. Learn more about the milestones of its history.
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