Appeal in a civil case

A judgement from the District Court may be appealed to the Court of Appeal. Read more about which cases tha t can be appealed and how the cases proceed.

Appeals in civil cases

A judgement given by a District Court can be appealed to the Court of Appeal. The deadline for doing so is usually one month after judgement given by the District Court is made known to the parties. Appeals against a District Court judgement should be sent by your lawyer to the court that made the judgement or presented verbally to the District Court judge. The appeal should stipulate the errors you believe have been made. The District Court will ensure that the appeal is notified to the opposing party who will also be given a deadline to defend and reply. Once the reply has been received or the deadline expired, the case documents will be forwarded to the Court of Appeal.

Which cases can be appealed?

The size of the dispute determines whether an appeal can be lodged. If the object of the dispute has a value of less than NOK 125,000, the permission of the Court of Appeal is needed to proceed.  By limiting access to appeal in this way, the risk of case costs being higher than the value in dispute is avoided. The Court of Appeal also has limited grounds on which to refuse an appeal if the Appeals Committee attached to the court clearly finds that the appeal should not be allowed.

Who judges Court of Appeal cases?

Civil cases in the Courts of Appeal are usually considered by three presiding judges. Lay judges are always required for certain types of case. The parties can request the inclusion of two lay judges in any type of case. When specialist knowledge of a case area is required, the court can appoint specialist lay judges. The lay judges pass judgement on equal footing with the law judges.

How does the main hearing take place in the Courts of Appeal?

The main hearing is very similar to that in the District Court.

Appeals to the Supreme Court

Anyone dissatisfied with a Court of Appeal judgement can appeal to the Supreme Court. Read more about case procedure in the Supreme Court on the court's website.