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What convictions are entered in the Central Criminal Register?

In accordance with section 4 of Federal Central Criminal Register Act, final rulings are to be entered in the Central Criminal Register by means of which, in respect of an unlawful act, a German court

  • imposes a sentence,
  • orders a measure of security and rehabilitation,
  • cautions a person in accordance with section 59 of the Criminal Code (Strafgesetz­buch) on reservation of punishment, or
  • has found a juvenile or adolescent guilty in accordance with section 27 of the Youth Courts Act (Jugendgerichtsgesetz)

in the area of application of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

Furthermore, in accordance with section 54 subs. 1 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act, criminal law convictions which were not handed down by German courts in the area of application of this Act are entered in the Register if

  • the convict is a German or was born or is resident in the area of application of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act,
  • a sentence or measure of security and rehabilitation could also have been imposed in accordance with the law applicable in the area of application of this Act, regardless of any procedural obstacles, owing to the facts on which the conviction was based, or their analogous equivalent,
  • the sentence has final force.

If a conviction meets the preconditions of section 54 subs. 1 No. 2 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act only with regard to a part of the sentenced act or acts, the entire conviction is entered, section 54 subs. 2 of the Federal Central Criminal Register Act.

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