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The Reich Cabinet [Reichsregierung] has passed the following law which is hereby promulgated:
The People's Court is a regular Court in the sense of the law on judicial organizations.
The People's Court is comprised of one president and the necessary numbers of presidents of the senate and councillors as main official members [hauptamtliche Mitglieder].
The president, the presidents of the senate and the councillors are appointed for lifetime. They have to be qualified for the judge's office and must have completed their 35th year of age.
The honorary members of the People's Court are appointed by the Fuehrer and Reichs Chancellor for the duration of 5 years upon recommendation of the Reichsminister of Justice.
Senates are formed at the people's Court, the number of which is determined by the Reichsminister of Justice.
If it is necessary for lawful course of affairs, permanently employed judges may be called in temporarily as assistant judges to the People's Court in case of an accumulation of business. The delegation of an assistant judge may be called off before the end of the time, for which the assistant judge has been called in, only if the emergency, by which it was caused, does no longer exist.
The office of the public prosecutor at the people's Court is filled by one or several Reich prosecutors or State prosecutors. They are nonjudicial officials, must however be qualified for the judge's office.
At the People's Court an office will be established which will be filled with the necessary number of recording officials.
The Reich pay law of 10 December 1927 (RGBl. I p. 349) will be changed as follows:
1. To the pay class A will be added:
a. in pay group Ib after "directors of law courts": "Chief State Prosecutors at the People's Court";
b. in pay group 10a after "Sergeant of the German Supreme Court" [Reichsgerichtswachtmeister];
2. To the pay class B will be added:
a. in pay group 3b under Section "Reichministry of Justice" before "president of the highest court of Justice" [Kammergerichtspresident]: "President of the People's Court";
b. in pay group e under section "Reichministry of Justice" after "Senate President at the German Supreme Court,": "Senate president at the People's Court, Reich Prosecutor as head of the State Prosecutor's office at the People's Court" and in note I after "German Supreme Court": "and at the People's Court as well as the Reich Prosecutor as head of the State Prosecutor's office at the People's Court";
c. in pay group 8 under Section "Reichministry of Justice" before "Presidents of District Courts at Courts with 30 or more organic [planmaessig] judges in the district": "Councillors at People's Courts".
Of the positions printed in the budget of the Reichministry of Justice for the financial year of 1935 (individual plan IX) at Chapter 2 (German Supreme Court) the following positions are transferred to Chapter 2a (People's Court):Group B7: 1 Reich Prosecutor.
(2) In the budget of the Reichministry of Justice (Individual Plan IX) the following organic positions will be newly created in Chapter 2a (People's Court):Group B 3b: President of the People's Court.
He receives extra pay for this position of 300 RM which can be added to the base pay for the purpose of pension [pensionsfaehig] and is irrevocable.
5 Sergeants of the People's court under transformation of 5 positions of sergeants of the German Supreme Courts taken over from the German Supreme Court.
In as far as laws or other regulations refer to the Chief Reich Prosecutor as authority of indictment at the people's Court, his place will be taken by the Reich Prosecutor at the People's Court.
The Reichministry of justice will issue the legal and administrative regulations necessary for the execution of this law.
(1) This law shall take effect as of 1st April 1936.
(2) The honorary members of the People's Court appointed on the basis this former regulations continue to remain in office according to their appointment hitherto. The same holds good with regard to members who have to be qualified for the judge's office. On 31st October 1936 however those are being eliminated who will not have been appointed up to this date to main official members of the pople's Court.
(3) If members of the German Supreme Court and Reich Prosecutors are being transferred to the People's Court up to 1st April 1937, they will receive in case of their being retired at least the pension to which they would have been entitled if they had remained in their former positions at the German Supreme Court.Berlin, 18. April 1936
Nazi Conspiracy and Aggression Volume IV
Office of the United States Chief Counsel for Prosecution of Axis Criminality
Washington, DC : United States Government Printing Office, 1946