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Law About Changing the Rules of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure of 24 April 1934


Article 1

(1) A People's Court is formed as a trial court in cases of high treason and treason.

(2) When the People's Court sits for trial, the decisions are made by five members; otherwise by three members, including the President. The President and one other member must have the qualifications of judges. Several Senates may be formed.

(3) The Supreme Reich Prosecutor [Oberreichsanwalt] is the prosecuting authority.

Article 2

On the suggestion of the Reich Minister of Justice, the Reich Chancellor appoints the members of the People's Court and their deputies for a period of five years.

Article 3

(1) The People's Court has jurisdiction over the investigations and has the power to make the sole and final decision in cases of high treason according to Articles 80-84-, treason according to Articles 89-92-, attacks against the Reich President according to Article 94, paragraph 1 of the Reich Criminal Code: and crimes according to Article 5, paragraph 2, No. 1 of the Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of People and State of February 28, 1933 (Reichsgesetzblatt I, p. 83). In these cases the People's Court also makes the decisions enumerated in Article 73, paragraph 1 of the Law of the Organization of the German Courts.

Article 5

(2) There is no appeal from the decisions of the People's Court.


Article 3

The appointment of a Council of Defense must be approved by the President of the People's Court.

Berlin, April 24, 1934

The Reich Chancellor
Adolf Hitler

The Reich Minister of Justice also for the Reich Minister of the Interior
Dr. Guertner

The Reich Minister of Defense
von Blomberg
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

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