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Key facts of the case:

The plaintiff initiated legal proceedings against the federal state of Berlin in order to receive compensation for the inadequate length of another lawsuit he had filed before. The Federal Finance Court advised him that his lawsuit for compensation was inadmissible because he was not represented by a lawyer although legal representation was necessary. The plaintiff argued that in a simple case such as the present one mandatory legal representation was not applicable. Instead, the court had to apply the regulations of original jurisdiction which does not dictate legal representation in all cases. Furthermore he argued that mandatory legal representation regulations violated Art. 6 (1) of the ECHR.