Offices of the German Public Prosecutor General in Karlsruhe
The Public Prosecutor General (German: Generalbundesanwalt or Generalbundesanwältin) is the federal prosecutor of Germany, representing the federal government at the Bundesgerichtshof, the federal court of justice. The office of the Public Prosecutor General is located in Karlsruhe. Besides its role in appellate cases, the Public Prosecutor General has primary jurisdiction in cases of crimes against the state (in particular terrorism, espionage and treason), and offences under the Völkerstrafgesetzbuch (genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes). The Public Prosecutor General also represents Germany in certain civil and administrative cases.
The Federal Minister of Justice proposes the Public Prosecutor General with the approval of the Bundesrat to the President of Germany (Bundespräsident) for appointment.
In 1977, then-Public Prosecutor General Siegfried Buback was assassinated in a terrorist attack by the leftist extremist Red Army Faction.
List of Public Prosecutor General since 1950
Coordinates: 49°00′05″N 8°23′07″E / 49.00139°N 8.38528°E