In the context of a China-Germany judges’ exchange, a ten-member delegation of Chinese judges visited the Free State of Bavaria from 14 to 20 July 2019. The participants in the delegation were judges from the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China and from Higher and Intermediate People’s Courts of the Hainan and Guangxi provinces.
On 15 July the Chinese delegation visited the Palace of Justice in Munich, where they were welcomed by the president of the Bavarian Constitutional Court and the Higher Regional Court, Peter Küspert. In a subsequent workshop that afternoon, the participants discussed questions of arbitration and the enforcement of notarial deeds with their German judicial counterparts.
The following day, the delegation first visited the Munich Juvenile Detention Centre and the Munich-Stadleheim correctional facility, where they were given an introduction to the penal system in Bavaria. In the afternoon, a workshop took place in the Palace of Justice on proceedings on and enforcement against assets acquired through or for a criminal offence. The delegation was then hosted by the Bavarian Constitutional Court.
On 18 July, the delegation visited the Nuremberg Higher Regional court, where they were greeted by the court’s president, Dr Thomas Dickert. In a workshop in the Royal Hall, the Chinese and German judges discussed the institutional mechanisms and the current developments in the law of compulsory enforcement in both states. There followed a viewing of the historical Courtroom 600 in the Higher Regional Court, where the Nuremberg trials were held. In the afternoon, the discussion on the topic of the law of compulsory enforcement was consolidated in a further workshop.
To conclude the discussion, the delegation attended a court hearing in a civil case at the Munich District Court, gaining insight into German civil procedure law and its implementation in practice