The Legal Secretariat is the largest unit in the Supreme Court’s administration, and it employs 20 people, including the Head and the Deputy Head of the Legal Secretariat as well as two clerks of record and one student law clerk.
Law clerks are appointed for a fixed term (seven years).
The Legal Secretariat works to serve the Appeals Selection Committee and the other units of the Supreme Court. When an appeal is received by the Supreme Court, it is handed to a law clerk. In all types of cases, procedural as well as substantive issues are researched.
In case of an appeal against a judgment, the research is aimed at clarifying whether the case raises issues of principle that should be heard by the Supreme Court. If an appeal is allowed, the law clerks will assist during the case preparation and in connection with the hearing in chambers.
In case of appeal against an order or decision, the research will provide the basis for the Committee's final ruling. The law clerks also have assignments for the Chief Justice, the justices and the Secretary-General.
All Supreme Court proceedings include a clerk of record. The clerks of record are law graduates, who assist the justices and counsel during proceedings. In addition, they proofread all Supreme Court rulings in chambers.
Head of Legal Secretariat
Birthe Aspehaug Buset
Deputy Head of Legal Secretariat
Knut André Aastebøl
Eva Grotnæss Barnholdt
Kristin Slørdahl Hjort (leave of absence)
Sigrid Nysted (leave of absence)
Marte Therese Strand Sinkerud
Karin Elisabeth Næss
Marie Falchenberg (leave of absence)
Monica Magdalena Zak (leave of absence)
Christine Løvf (leave of absence)
Karoline Findalen Myhre
Christine Skjebstad Weigård
Cecilie Vatne (leave of absence)
Pernille Birkelund (leave of absence)
Lasse Gommerud Våg
Johannes Kaasen (leave of absence)
Fredrik Lied Lilleby
Runa Verde Gravensteen
Christian Fredrik Thronsen
Helene Katrine Bærug Hansen
Victoria Steen Svendsen
Julia Kråkenes Bennin
Vetle Knudsen Nordstoga
Anders Berg Dønås (Avd. II)
Elisabeth Rui Jørgensen (Avd.I)
Student law clerk