Directorate-General Z (Administration)
Directorate-General Z (Administration) has the task of establishing the staffing, organisational and budgetary conditions as well as the infrastructure for the work of the Ministry and of the Federal courts and authorities within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Justice. The Ministry attaches great importance to increased use of IT in order to rationalise working processes, as well as to improve the effectiveness of communication and the flow of information both internally and externally. In addition, Directorate-General Z supervises various projects aimed at using modern IT in access to the Federal Courts and authorities within the remit of the Federal Ministry of Justice (“eJustice”), as well as in internal communication and the management of documents, and also at coordinating IT standards both nationally and internationally. Directorate-General Z is also responsible for advancing the use of electronic tools as an aid in the legislative process at Federal level. For instance, the "eNorm" software application is designed to make it possible for one and the same electronic document to be worked on from the first draft of an instrument right through to its promulgation, thus helping to avoid the use of multiple media, duplication of work and numerous different sources of error. A further focal point is facilitation of electronic access to Federal law. Current and former versions of all Federal laws and statutory ordinances, as well as all amendments, are made available to subscribers via the computer-based legal information system “juris”, whilst a collection of laws currently in force can also be accessed on the Internet site "Gesetze-im-Internet.de", a service provided to the public free of charge. Directorate-General Z is also responsible for the administration of the Federation’s participatory interests in the company “juris GmbH”.
Finally, responsibility for fostering international relations also falls within the remit of Directorate-General Z. Within this framework Directorate-General Z is responsible inter alia for the German-Chinese Dialogue on the Rule of Law, and also performs tasks of the Federal Ministry of Justice as provided for in the Statutes of the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation and the Institute for the Law of Countries of Eastern Europe, based in Munich.