Social Court Act

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Basic data
Title: Social Court Act
Abbreviation: SGG
Type: Federal law
Scope: Federal Republic of Germany
Legal matter: Social law , procedural law
References : 330-1
Original version from: September 3, 1953
( BGBl. I p. 1239 )
Entry into force on: January 1, 1954
New announcement from: 23 September 1975
( Federal Law Gazette I p. 2535 )
Last change by: Art. 10 G of June 12, 2020
( Federal Law Gazette I pp. 1248, 1275 )
Effective date of the
last change:
predominantly July 1, 2020
(Art. 28 G of June 12, 2020)
GESTA : G031
Weblink: Text of the law
Please note the note on the applicable legal version.

The Social Court Act (SGG) regulates procedural law and the court system within the social justice system in Germany .


The Social Courts Act refers to the social courts as special administrative courts that are independent of the administrative authorities ( Section 1  SGG).

The instance train is tripartite. The social courts are regularly responsible in the first instance, the regional social courts as appeal courts and the federal social court with its seat in Kassel as appeal court.


The social courts are materially responsible for the following disputes ( § 10 and § 51 SGG):

As a rule, local jurisdiction arises from the court in whose district the plaintiff is based.


The panels consist of professional judges and honorary judges. The honorary judges are appointed in disputes under social security law by employers and insured persons (similarly in labor jurisdiction ).

The provisions of the Social Court Act supersede the rules of the administrative court order . The Social Court Act also refers to the provisions of the Administrative Court Code , the Courts Constitution Act and the Code of Civil Procedure .

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