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How to follow the Supreme Court's digital appeal hearings
Most hearings in the Supreme Court are open to the public.
Due to the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak, the hearings are conducted as remote meetings until further notice. The remote hearings are open to the public and the press as if they were held at the Supreme Court Building.
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Appeal in climate lawsuit to be heard by the plenary of the Supreme Court
On 20 April 2020, the Supreme Court's Appeals Selection Committee granted leave to appeal in the case of Nature and Youth Norway and Föreningen Greenpeace Norden v. the State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature and The Grandparents Climate Campaign have declared third-party intervention for Nature and Youth Norway and Föreningen Greenpeace Norden.
The Chief Justice has decided that the appeal is to be heard by the plenary of the Supreme Court, see section 5 subsection 4 and section 6 subsection 2 of the Courts of Justice Act.Read full article
Remote hearings in the Supreme Court
On Friday 17 April 2020, the Supreme Court held its first-ever remote appeal hearing in a case concerning the sentence for insurance fraud. The hearing was conducted as it would have been conducted in the courtroom, but without the use of robes. The Chief Justice has decided that robes are not to be used in remote hearings.Read full article
The Chief Justice on the hearing of cases in the Supreme Court during the coronavirus outbreak
Chief Justice Toril Marie Øie, 8 April 2020Read full article
Written hearing of a criminal case
On 3 April 2020 – for the first time in history – the Supreme Court of Norway handed down a judgment in a criminal case after a written hearing. A written hearing means that counsel for both sides make written submissions instead of arguing their cases before the justices at the Supreme Court Building.Read full article
Child welfare cases in a grand chamber of the Supreme Court
On Friday 27 March 2020, the Supreme Court of Norway decided three cases concerning child welfare law, all of which were heard consecutively by a grand chamber sitting with eleven justices. The cases concern possible violation of the right to family life in Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), particularly in light of the Grand Chamber judgment from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strand-Lobben and Others v. Norway and subsequent ECtHR case law.
All three rulings are unanimous.Read full article