SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE

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AUSTRIA
SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE
OBERSTER GERICHTSHOF

The Supreme Court of Justice (widely referred to by the initials OGH) is the final instance in all civil actions. For civil and commercial cases it sits in divisions (or senates) composed of professional judges, but for cases relating to labour and social security law it is also customary for lay judges to be brought in, chosen from panels nominated by the Chambers of Labour and the Economic Chambers. In cases relating to social security law, however, its competence is confined to benefit claims, i.e. matters involving a decision as to the existence, extent or suspension of an entitlement to a social security benefit (see labour jurisdiction).


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