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Volunteering Appointment as a youth judge

Juvenile judges are honorary judges for the jurisprudence in juvenile criminal cases. They contribute their life and professional experience to the decisions and can thus contribute to a life-like truth and justice. Schöffinnen and Schöffen do not need any special legal knowledge

When reaching a verdict, the judges vote in full and with the same voting rights as the professional judges on the facts, the guilt of the accused and the sentence.

They are used in the district courts within the framework of the Youth Court or the Youth Chamber of the Regional Courts.

Youth schools are elected for a term of five years.

Process flow

For the elections of youth schools, lists of proposals are drawn up by the youth welfare committees of the competent body.

Candidates for the Youth Office may be nominated to the competent body. If fewer people are proposed than needed, the competent body proposes suitable candidates on its or her part.

The list of proposals is made by decision of the Youth Aid Committee.

The lists of proposals shall be interpreted in public after the list has been drawn up for inspection. Anyone can appeal against the candidates within a period of one week on the grounds that certain candidates are not suitable for the office.

The lists of proposals and any objections will be sent to the local district court. There, the Electoral Committee meets, which includes, among other things, seven confidants elected by the local municipality. It is chaired by a judge at the district court. The Committee first decides on the objections and then selects from the list of proposals the necessary number of main and auxiliary committees.

At the end of each year, the order in which the principals attend the ordinary meetings of the following financial year shall be determined by the court by a draw.

The judges shall be sworn in at the beginning of their duties in a public session of the Court of First Instance. The oath or a corresponding vow can be made with or without a religious affirmation formula ("as true as God help me"). The swearing-in shall be valid for the entire duration of the parliamentary term.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city and some district municipalities.


  • German citizenship
  • Empowerment to the German language
  • Completion of the age of 25
  • Age maximum 70 years of age at the beginning of the term of office
  • Residence in the district of the administrative authority responsible for drawing up the lists of proposals
  • Health suitability
  • Educational skills and experience in youth education
  • Ability to hold a public office
  • No ongoing investigation
  • No judgment on a custodial sentence of more than 6 months for an intentional act
  • No professional pursuit in the professions
    • Professional judges
    • Prosecutors
    • Lawyers
    • Notaries
    • Police officers and parishioners

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What are the fees?

There are no charges.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Elections are held every 5 years.

What else should I know?

Main judges shall be called on directly to the respective days of the court's sitting.

Auxiliary courts, on the other hand, are only used if principals and principals are prevented for important reasons or at unscheduled meetings of the court.

The order of use of the auxiliary schools will be drawn at the beginning of the parliamentary term.


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Justice

Professionally released on


competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Jugend

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes


Point of contact:
Edeltraud Landwehr
Telephone: 05931 44-1409
D 409
responsible for:

Data protection information

Samtgemeinde Sögel - Fachbereich 30 - Sicherheit und Ordnung

Postal address: Ludmillenhof , 49751 Sögel

Telephone: 05952 206545
Fax: 05952 206603
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306


Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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