Allied Law on Restitution Court for Berlin Becomes Effective

A law issued by the three Western Allies to set up a Supreme Restitution Court in Berlin, with jurisdiction over the three Western sectors of this city, goes into effect today.

The court will consist of seven judges, one of whom will be an American, one a Briton and one a Frenchman. The novel and distinguishing feature of this court will be the presence on the bench of three German judges appointed by the Berlin City government, and of a “natural” presiding judge selected jointly by the Western Allied Kommandatura and the Berlin City government. So far, supreme restitution tribunals in the U.S. and British zones have been staffed by American or British judges alone.

Two-year appointments to the new judgeships will be made in the course of the month, so that the court can begin to function in August. No final decision as to the nationality of the presiding judge has as yet been arrived at, but it is learned that he is likely to be recruited from Switzerland.

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