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Preliminary remarks

Details of the implementation in Germany of the Regulation creating a European order for payment procedure are laid down in an Act on the improvement of cross-border claims enforcement and service of documents.

Article 29(1)(a) - Courts with jurisdiction

The District Court (Amtsgericht) of Wedding in Berlin has jurisdiction for the whole of Germany. The contact details for the Court are as follows:

Amtsgericht Wedding
13343 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30 90156 - 0
Fax: +49 (0)30 90156 - 203

Article 29(1)(b) - Review procedure

The competent court is the District Court of Wedding.

The scope and operation of the review procedure is already largely laid down in Article 20 of the Regulation. The Act provides that the applicant must demonstrate the facts which in the applicant's opinion justify annulling the European order for payment. The court's decision cannot be appealed. If it declares the European order for payment to be null and void, this will end the procedure under the Regulation.

By way of exception, for labour matters in accordance with Section 2 and Section 46b(2) of the Labour Courts Law (Arbeitsgerichtsgesetz), jurisdiction falls to the labour court that would have jurisdiction in proceedings for a full judgment (Urteilsverfahren).

Article 29(1)(c) - Means of communication

An application for a European order for payment can be made in electronic form as well as in paper form if the competent court allows this type of application. At the Wedding District Court, applications can be made electronically. Special software is required in order to make an electronic application at the Wedding District Court. More information can be found here:

Article 29(1)(d) - Accepted languages

Only German is accepted.

Last update: 08/03/2016

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