Tuesday, January 12, 2010

German trials may be in English

German news:
Courts in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have offered to handle business cases in English for a pilot project under keen observation by other courts, which could soon follow their example.

The initiative was launched after it was noted that the most lucrative cases – for both state coffers and lawyers – were being conducted outside of Germany because international businesses did not want to handle legal matters in German.

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung paper reported at the weekend that justice ministers of North Rhine-Westphalia and Hamburg, Roswitha M├╝ller-Piepenk├Âtter and Till Steffen respectively, aimed to change the law governing the German courts so that cases could be conducted in English.
This makes sense to me. Hardly anyone speaks German, except for Germans.

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