Im Namen des Gesetzes

  • Henry van Lyck: chief prosecutor Dr. Gerhard Lotze (1994-2004)
  • Michael Fitz: Attorney Dr. Max Brunner (2004-2005)
  • Axel Pape: Attorney Dr. Tobias Kampen (2005-2007)
  • Britta Schmeling: Attorney Charlotte Glaser (1994-2005)
  • Magdalena Knight: Attorney Karin Kerstin (1994 )
  • Mariella Ahrens Federal prosecutor Lisa Sturm (2005-2007)
  • Wolfgang Bathke: Chief Commissioner Stefan Kehler
  • Matthias Bullach: Kriminaloberkommissar Mark Eschenbach (1994-1996)
  • Uwe Fellensiek: Detective Superintendent Peter Wolniak (1996-1998)
  • Max Gertsch: Detective Superintendent Ralf Bongartz (1998-2000)
  • Wolfgang Krewe: Chief Inspector Alex Bonhoff (2000-2007)
  • Karl- Heinz von Liebezeit: lawyer Siegfried Rasch (2000-2007)

In the name of the law was a German television series that was produced by October 1994 until 2007 by RTL. It is located in the drama and thriller genre and describes the work of police and prosecutors as well as their cooperation in the fight against crime. Aired it is currently levied in Germany on RTL Nitro.


Almost always is at least one murder case in the game, which is often in conjunction with other capital crimes. Location is Berlin.

Typical of the series is the complete suppression of the private life of the protagonists. They do not have particularly human or unconventional characteristics ( as for many other detective series typical), nor do they express any emotions during the reconnaissance work. The story most often refers solely to the criminal case as such.

Charisma and concept

The series was created in terms of its concept closely based on the existing 1990 American television series Law & Order, play a role in the similar factors. In the name of the law was in Germany, in the early seasons, more successful than the original. She could many years at the 21:15 - clock time slot ( Thursdays at first, then Tuesday) an average of 4 to 6 million viewers until it was moved to Monday night, reaching fewer viewers. The last two seasons were running long after the series, the reasons are unclear to this day setting, Thursdays at 23.15 clock. RTL repeated in this time slot the series over again. The episode 18 of the series has twice the run time of 90 minutes. There, the murder of the first partners of Commissioner Kehler is elucidated.


The only character that is since the beginning of this series, is Kriminalhauptkommissar Stefan Kehler. Initially there was his partner Kriminaloberkommissar Mark Eschenbach (Matthias Bullach ), who starred but only in the first 17 episodes. His body was found burned 18 Facade dizziness in a row. His successor, Detective Superintendent Peter Wôlinak (Uwe Fellensiek ), played in the episodes 18 to 50 with. His fate in the series was never resolved. He was succeeded as chief inspector Ralf Bongartz ( Max Gertsch ), after its series exit Wolfgang Krewe as Commissioner Alex Bonhoff. In the prosecutor's office, there were only after 10 years, the first change. 1994 free house Magdalena Ritter was used as a representation for Britta Schmeling subsequently Kalashnikov.

Episode List


As a result, blood revenge of the RTL series section 40 officials Stefan Kehler and Alex Bonhoff are seen. Therefore, this crossover is especially noteworthy because the differing sets of the system greatly. While in the name of the law, the focus is completely on the criminal case, the personalities of the policemen stand at section 40 in the foreground.


Axel Pape played in sequence Fatale creation in a supporting role a criminal doctor who was sentenced to life imprisonment at the end of the episode for murder. Later he was in the series to see regularly in a major role as chief prosecutor Dr. Tobias Kampen. Also in various other supporting roles occur actor again and again in different roles.


As with the U.S. model Law and Order comes into the series on the prosecution in court proceedings as for the investigation of the facts relevant party to the proceedings by examining witnesses and the accused. While this corresponds to the Criminal Procedure of the United States, it is at odds with the German criminal procedure law, in which the office of the court determining principle applies and the prosecution is not primarily responsible for the hearing.