The purpose of this article is to analyse how the German Constitutional Court, by means of its jurisdiction, creates an institutional time of its own. At first, the concept of institutional time of one’s own and the different ways of constructing it - the implicit (self-)presence, the situational self-reference and the biographical self-reflection - are introduced. When asking for the German Constitutional Court’s situational self-reference its jurisdictional practice comes into focus. The article therefore examines on what types of legal reasoning the decisions of the German Constitutional Court are based and how they contribute to the construction of the Court’s time of its own. In addition, the analytical efficiency of this qualitative analysis will be exemplified by two case studies. Based upon the analyses of the decisions that are so far available the results will finally be interpreted as an indication that there has been a shifting of weight in the institutional cascade of constitution and constitutional court.