Arnsberg District Court

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The Arnsberg Regional Court , a court of ordinary jurisdiction , is one of ten regional courts in the district of the Hamm Higher Regional Court . It has five civil chambers , two chambers for commercial matters , one chamber for building land matters, six criminal chambers and three criminal enforcement chambers .

Seat and District of the Court

The seat of the court is Arnsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia . The judicial district completely includes the Hochsauerlandkreis as well as some towns and communities in the Soest and Märkisches Kreis districts with a total of around 546,500 inhabitants.


After the establishment of a Prussian court in 1816, the Landsberger Hof , a former aristocratic palace in the old town of Arnsberg, was the seat of the institution. In the longer term, however, the building turned out to be unsuitable, and in 1838 the Berlin Oberbaudeputation, headed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel , considered a renovation to be too costly. Not least in order to promote urban development, the Oberbaudeputation decided to build a new building on almost undeveloped land on the other side of the Ruhr. The city expansion plan was approved by the Ministry of the Interior in 1840, despite the concerns of Arnsberg lawyers - who shied away from the further path. The building itself was designed by Carl Ferdinand Busse , a student of Schinkel , in the classical style. Construction began in 1840 and was completed in 1842. The district court is the structural center of the entire district, forms the core of the so-called “Friedrichsstadt” and was the nucleus of the second city expansion in the 19th century.


With the transition of the former Duchy of Westphalia to Prussia , Arnsberg became the seat of a "court court" from 1802 at the time of Hesse-Darmstadt rule. It retained this status in Prussian times from 1816. In 1835 it was converted into a higher regional court. In 1852 it became a court of appeal , but remained an intermediate judicial instance. A historical curiosity is that, after the Hohenzollern-Hechingen and Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen lines were absorbed into the Prussian state , the Arnsberg court also became responsible for these southern German areas, before the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court took over this task in 1879 . The Reich Justice Act of 1877 brought about a standardization of the court organization in the German Reich. In the course of this development, Hamm was declared the seat of the higher regional court for the province of Westphalia in 1878 and the court in Arnsberg was converted into a regional court. In 1933 a separate regional court was set up in Siegen . The Arnsberg district court should be repealed for this. After protests from the region, the court in Arnsberg was retained and compensation for the loss of 9 local courts in Siegen was created by assigning the district courts of Soest and Werl by the Dortmund district court and the Menden district court by the Hagen district court. A nationally much noticed process in 1957/58 concerned the massacre in the Arnsberg Forest . It was about the killing of over 200 forced laborers at the end of the Second World War. The mild judgments met with multiple criticism.


Professionally or during their training as a trainee lawyer , Friedrich Arndts , Carl Johann Ludwig Dham , Johann Suibert Seibertz , Heinrich Philipp Osterrath , Johann Friedrich Joseph Sommer , Jodocus Donatus Hubertus Temme , Johann Matthias Gierse , Friedrich von Kühlwetter , Anton Dinslage , Joseph Freusberg , Wilhelm Seissenschmidt or Karl Liebknecht associated with the court.

Superordinate and subordinate courts

The Hamm Higher Regional Court is superordinate to the Arnsberg Regional Court . The district courts of Arnsberg , Brilon , Marsberg , Medebach , Menden (Sauerland) , Meschede , Schmallenberg , Soest , Warstein and Werl are subordinate .

See also


  • Uwe Haltaufderheide: The architectural monuments of the city of Arnsberg. Collection period 1980–1990. City of Arnsberg, Arnsberg 1990, ISBN 3-928394-01-0 , p. 50f.
  • Karl Wurm: On the Arnsberg court history (= town history series of publications on the city of Arnsberg 5, ZDB -ID 260749-9 ). Hamm, Association f. Legal history in area d. Higher Regional Court Hamm Hamm 1971.

Web links

Commons : Arnsberg Regional Court  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. AV d. JM dated November 30, 2009, JMBl. NRW 2010, p. 2  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. (PDF; 96 kB)@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  2. ^ Prussian law collection 1933, p. 221 f. and 351 f.

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