Whenever a violent crime has been committed, our heroes are called in. Their arena is the big city. They have made it their job to hunt down the perpetrators of these crimes and ensure that they receive a fair punishment. Along with the public prosecutor's office, we see the investigators from the homicide division at the scene of the crime. This is where they pick up the scent and embark on their pursuit, which takes them into the most varied of situations.
We accompany Chief Detective Superintendent Stephan Kehler (Wolfgang Bathke) and Detective Superintendent Alex Bonhoff (Wolfgang Krewe) at work. And we constantly view events through their eyes; they allow us an insight into the whole range of activities that their investigation entails. We admire their understanding of human nature and psychological skills, and we watch the fascinating process of modern investigative technology and forensic medicine. Not until the culprits have been caught and the case is passed to the public prosecutor are our heroes content.
At this stage Public Prosecutor Tobias Kampen (Axel Pape) and his colleagues Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Sturm (Mariella Ahrens) and Prosecuting Attorney Eva Hardenberg (Sandra Borgmann) take charge. They view the crime from the legal perspective, although without losing sight of the human aspects. And the letter of the law does not guarantee by any means that justice will be done; here too an appreciation of human nature and sound psychological abilities are indispensable to ensure that the accused makes a confession and is given the punishment he deserves.
In The Name Of The Law is one of the few detective series on German television which renders our judicial system transparent while at the same time providing entertainment of the highest quality. It is hard to conceive of another format with the capacity to present such varied and gripping stories. Challenges facing the investigation, tactical considerations for the public prosecutor, manoeuvres employed by the defence - all this maintains the suspense to the very last minute, as the viewer shares in the excitement of reaching a verdict.