Constitutional complaints in criminal matters

Since an appeal on points of law is the only remedy against a judgment handed down by a regional court in criminal proceedings, which permits only a very limited review of the original judgment (i.e. as to whether it contains any errors in law), a constitutional complaint to the German Federal Constitutional Court is sometimes the only remaining venue to challenge appellate court decisions.

Although the prospects of success for constitutional complaints are very slim (less than 5%), this is unfortunately often the last resort to protect complainants from any criminal-law and procedural interference with their rights. We openly and candidly advise on the chances of success that constitutional complaints have and, if our client wishes to proceed, we lodge substantiated constitutional appeals.