Heinz Georg Bamberger

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Heinz Georg Bamberger (born January 28, 1947 in Segendorf near Neuwied ) is a German politician ( SPD ) and lawyer . He was also Minister of Justice for Rhineland-Palatinate from May 2006 to May 2011 .


After graduating from high school in Koblenz , Bamberg studied law , philosophy and business administration at the universities in Bochum, Tübingen and Bonn. In 1970 he passed his first state examination in law and then worked as a trainee lawyer in Bonn, Bad Honnef and Koblenz. In 1974 he passed the Second State Examination in Law in Koblenz and in the same year joined the Rhineland-Palatinate judicial service as a judge . In May 1977 he was appointed judge at the Koblenz Regional Court. In 1978 he completed his doctorate at the University of Bonn . From 1982 to 1985 Bamberger was seconded to the Federal Court of Justice as a research assistant . In July 1985 he was appointed judge at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz. From 1988 to 1990 he was seconded to the Ministry of Justice in Mainz as a consultant. In June 1990 Bamberg became the presiding judge at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz . Subsequently, he was seconded to the political advisory committee (justice working group) for the education of the state of Thuringia for one year before he worked in the Thuringian Ministry of Justice as head of the central department and chairman of the judges' selection committee. In November 1992 he became President of the Frankenthal / Pfalz Regional Court , and in January 1995 Bamberg became President of the Koblenz Higher Regional Court. On May 18, 2006, Prime Minister Kurt Beck appointed Heinz Georg Bamberger as Minister of Justice in his cabinet ( Cabinet Beck IV ).

Bamberger is married and has two sons.

The "constitutional breach affair"

His duties as Minister of Justice included a. preparing and organizing the election of his successor as President of the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz. The length of the process was criticized in the regional press. In its decision of September 24, 2007, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that, with the appointment of the current President of the Higher Regional Court on June 22, 2007, the minister had violated the constitution ( Art. 33 (2) in conjunction with Art. 19 para. 4 GG ) violated the protected rights of another applicant for this position when he had not awaited the decision of the Federal Constitutional Court. With the decision, the court referred the competitor to legal recourse. In the first instance, the Koblenz Administrative Court dismissed the competitor's action on July 1, 2008. The competitor also failed in the appeal procedure before the OVG Rhineland-Palatinate . With its judgment of November 4, 2010, the Federal Administrative Court upheld the unsuccessful action in these two lower courts. It revoked the appointment of the President of the Higher Regional Court with effect from the delivery of the judgment and obliged the State of Rhineland-Palatinate to assign the office of President of the Higher Regional Court on the basis of a new selection procedure. The opposition failed with a vote of no confidence on November 17, 2010 and a ministerial indictment against the minister on February 16, 2011 because of the majority in the state parliament.

Publications (selection)

Individual evidence

  1. see e.g. B. Rheinzeitung Koblenz from February 1, 2007.
  2. BVerfG, decision of September 24, 2007 , Az. 2 BvR 1586/07, full text.
  3. ^ VG Koblenz, judgment of July 1, 2008 , Az. 6 K 1816/07, guiding principle.
  4. Administrative Court Koblenz, press release No. 31/2008.
  5. OVG Rhineland-Palatinate, judgment of January 30, 2009 , Az. 10 A 10805 / 08.OVG
  6. OVG Rhineland-Palatinate, press release No. 3/2009.
  7. BVerwG, judgment of November 4, 2010 , Az. 2 C 16.09, full text.