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Volunteer work Appointment as a schöffe

Schöffinnen are honorary judges in criminal proceedings. 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 Schöffengericht and the extended Schöffengericht. In the regional courts they are active in the Small and Large Criminal Chambers.

Schöffinnen and Schöffen are elected for a term of office of five years.

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

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