The President heads the Constitutional Court and supervises its operational management. Besides the Court’s judicial activities, the management function also includes the external representation of the Court and the administration of justice. The latter comprises all matters relating to the internal organisation of the Court, its staff, the budget of the Court, and the supervision of compliance with service rules and regulations.
Administration of Justice
The President’s Directorate supports the President in the management of the Constitutional Court. It comprises the following departments:
- Judicial Affairs, Quality and Knowledge Management (Dept. 1)
- Personnel Management and Personnel Development (Dept. 2)
- Financial and Economic Affairs (Dept. 3)
- International Affairs, Protocol (Dept. 4)
- Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Management) (Dept. 5)
- Library and Communication (Dept. 6)
- Organisation, Project Management and Archiving (Dept. 7)
- Media Spokesperson, Other Media Affairs (Dept. 8)
The President’s Directorate is headed by the Director General, who also supervises staff compliance with all service rules and regulations.
The “Organisation, Project Management and Registry” department covers all organizational issues and manages cross-departmental projects. Its tasks include, in particular, electronic filing and the drawing up of reports. The main task of the registry unit is to record all judgements rendered by the Court and to edit them in database format (cf. here). The edited judgements are transmitted in abridged form and in full to the “Constitutional Court” database in the Legal Information System of the Republic of Austria at least once a week. Thus, the judgements are accessible to the interested public free of charge not later than one week after service upon the parties concerned. Moreover, the archiving unit also replies to questions received by telephone, in writing or by email regarding the jurisprudence of the Court. Within the department, the Registry is responsible for the processing and management of files, contacts with interested parties during office hours, and session management.
The Media Spokesperson is in charge of informing the public, especially the media, about the work of the Constitutional Court (further information here).
The members of the scientific staff are qualified lawyers who, as a rule, spend several years of their professional career at the Constitutional Court. Under the leadership of the Permanent Reporters, they conduct the preliminary proceedings and support the preparation of draft decisions (research of literature and case law, preparation of the bases for decisions, proposals for further procedure). Moreover, they take minutes during the non-public sessions and public hearings of the Constitutional Court and supervise the drawing up of the judgements and decisions.