Legal and Constitutional Service

Organisation

The Legal and Constitutional Service is organised as a Directorate-General within the Federal Chancellery. Its internal organisation reflects the ministerial responsibilities, the relations between federal and regional authorities and the relations between Austria and the European Union.

The offices of the Federal Communications Senate and the Advisory Boards for Ethnic Groups are also situated at the Legal and Constitutional Service.

History

The Legal and Constitutional Service has a long tradition. During the Austro-Hungarian monarchy a "Legal State Department" existed until 1918 at the Central Executive Office of the Council of Ministers (Ministerratspraesidium).

The Legal and Constitutional Service in its present form goes back to the early First Republic. The term "Verfassungsdienst" was first mentioned in 1945. Since then, it has considerably increased in size and importance. Renowned constitutional law experts worked at the Legal and Constitutional Service. Even today distinguished jurists in top-level positions – especially at universities and at the highest Austrian and European courts – have their professional roots in the Legal and Constitutional Service.