Federal Lawyers' Act

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Basic data
Title: Federal Lawyers' Act
Abbreviation: BRAO
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Administration of justice , professional law
References : 303-8
Issued on: August 1, 1959
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 565 )
Entry into force on: October 1, 1959
Last change by: Art. 1 G of June 19, 2020
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 1403 )
Effective date of the
last change:
July 30, 2020
(Art. 7 G of June 19, 2020)
GESTA : E033
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Federal Lawyers' Act regulates the professional law of lawyers in Germany, i.e. the rights and obligations that the lawyer has to observe towards clients and third parties, as well as various other professional law issues.

Legislative structure

  1. Part: The lawyer
  2. Part: The admission of the lawyer
  3. Part: The rights and obligations of the lawyer and the professional cooperation of lawyers
  4. Part: The Bar Associations
  5. Part: The Lawyers 'Disciplinary Court , the Lawyers' Disciplinary Court and the Federal Court of Justice in legal matters
  6. Part: The prosecution for breaches of duty
  7. Part: The legal proceedings
  8. Part: The legal profession at the Federal Court of Justice
  9. Part: The Federal Bar Association
  10. Part: The costs in legal matters
  11. Part: The enforcement of the judicial measures and the costs
  12. Part: lawyers from other states
  13. Part: transitional and final provisions

Consequences of professional violations

Lawyers are subject to professional supervision by their bar association. If a lawyer violates BRAO regulations or BORA regulations , the Bar Association can sanction this behavior with a reprimand. The prosecution of serious professional misconduct, however, takes place before the Lawyers' Disciplinary Court.


  • Dahns, Christian / Keller, Johannes: A look back at important professional law decisions in 2011 , BRAK-Mitteilungen 03/2012, 98 (PDF; 3.8 MB)
  • Grunewald, Barbara, The Development of Jurisprudence on Legal Professional Law in 2011 , NJW 52/2011, 3767 (previous article: "... in the years 2009-2010", NJW 49/2010, 3551)
  • Kleine-Cosack, Michael: BRAO. Commentary , 6th edition, Munich 2009, Verlag CH Beck, ISBN 978-3-406-59049-8

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Christian Dahns, NJW Special 2015, 766