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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Due du the coronavirus outbreak and the measures implemented by the authorities to limit the spread, the Chief Justice has decided to postpone all oral hearings in the Supreme Court from and including Friday 13 March until and including Thursday 26 March 2020. This period may be extended. Hearings in cases where postponement is inexpedient will nonetheless be held.
The Supreme Court's Appeals Selection Committee has granted leave to appeal in four cases concerning child welfare. Two of the cases have been joined into one. The Chief Justice has decided that the cases will be heard by the Supreme Court sitting as a grand chamber with eleven justices, and in open court.
Finnmarkseiendommen v. Unjárgga Gilisearvi/Nesseby regional society
Case no. 2017/860, civil case, appeal against judgment:
During the period 17 – 25 January 2018 the Norwegian Supreme Court will hear the appeals between the abovementioned parties in plenary session with 19 justices present. Reindeer grazing district 5/6 and Meskelv and environs regional society are admitted as interveners for Finnmarkseiendommen.