|Authorized by||Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany|
The Federal Social Court (Bundessozialgericht) is the German federal court of appeals for social security cases, mainly cases concerning the public health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension insurance and occupational accident insurance schemes. Trial courts for these cases are the Sozialgerichte (Social Courts). Appeals against decisions of these courts are heard by the Landessozialgerichte (Superior State Social Courts), before the cases may wind up at the Bundessozialgericht.
The Bundessozialgericht is located in the city of Kassel.
The Federal Social Court was founded on September 11, 1954 and its first session was on March 23, 1955.
The Federal Social court hears appeals against decisions of the Landessozialgerichte ( Superior State Social Courts) or in special circumstances against decisions of the Sozialgerichte.
The Chambers of the Federal Social Court are called Senat. They each consist of 3 Judges and 2 lay judges. The court consists of 14 Chambers.