Law on Judicial Procedure in Agricultural Matters

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Basic data
Title: Law on Judicial Procedure in Agricultural Matters
Abbreviation: LwVfG (not official)
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Procedural law
References : 317-1
Issued on: July 21, 1953 ( BGBl. I p. 667 )
Entry into force on: January 1, 1964
Last change by: Art. 8 G of 27 August 2017
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 3295 )
Effective date of the
last change:
September 5, 2017
(Art. 9 G of August 27, 2017)
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The law on judicial proceedings in agricultural matters regulates the procedure for so-called agricultural matters , which are defined in more detail in Section 1 of the law.

The district court, as the agricultural court, decides in the first instance on agricultural matters . This is followed by the Higher Regional Court as the appeal instance and the Federal Court of Justice as the revision instance. Honorary judges are deployed in all instances , including in the senates of the higher regional courts and the Federal Court of Justice.

Agricultural matters are mostly voluntary judicial procedures . The law on the procedure in family matters and in matters of voluntary jurisdiction (FamFG) shall apply mutatis mutandis to them, unless the LwVfG provides otherwise ( § 9 , § 48 LwVfG).


  • Johannes Ernst: Law on the judicial procedure in agricultural matters (LwVG). 8th edition. Agricola-Verlag, Butjadingen 2011, ISBN 978-3-920009-14-8 .
  • Dirk Selle, Rainer Huth: Law on the judicial procedure in agricultural matters. Munich, 2017. ISBN 978-3-406-68928-4 . contents

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