Hon.-Prof. Dr. Eckart RATZ
President of The Supreme Court of Justice
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The Supreme Court of Justice
The Austrian Supreme Court is one of three judicial bodies charged with final appellate jurisdiction in the Republic of Austria. Whereas the Constitutional Court deals with constitutional law and the Supreme Administrative Court with public law, the Supreme Court is the highest instance in civil and criminal matters. These three Courts are hierarchically on the same level, there being no superiority or subordination between them.
In its comprehensive guiding role in the administration of justice within the ordinary court system, the Supreme Court seeks to safeguard legal uniformity, legal certainty and the development of the law. Although precedents are not legally binding, the Court’s jurisprudence has an essential purpose in giving specific content to the law, determining the meaning of provisions of law and assuring the legal protection of the citizens.
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Please note that decisions of the Court are only available in German.