Thes pages gives infomation regarding the costs of taking a case to the court.
In most cases, you have to pay a court fee. This is meant to cover some of the cost of public service.
Cases with court fees
Cases without court fees
On the other hand, no fees are payable for:
child custody, visitation rights or parental custody
cases between married or divorced couples on division of joint assets or similar financial aspects
cases on committal or rescinding a committal order
cases brought by an insurer against NAV (the directorate of employment and welfare) or otherwise in accordance with the laws on pensions and national insurance.
cases against an employer when concerning conditions of service or employment and brought by the employee
cases according to chapter 36 of the Dispute Act on review of administrative measures concerning detainment and other compulsory interventions
cases on housing rentals according to the rules of the Tenancy Act and rights to shares in housing cooperatives.
- cases heard according to the act relating to exemption from military service for reasons of personal conviction
Covering legal fees
If a case coming to court does not fall under the free legal aid scheme (read more on free legal aid), the parties must cover the fees for their own lawyers themselves. If the case ends in judgement, the losing party can be ordered to cover the legal costs of the winning party.
Extraordinary expenses in a case
Extraordinary expenses are those that accrue in the course of a case being heard in court, but not related to court or legal fees (legal counsel). The party that filed the indictment must also cover all costs for lay judges, valuers, experts, witnesses, translation, special investigations and other expenses. The most typical extraordinary expenses are those for specialist lay judges and experts.
Extraordinary expenses are usually paid in advance, but some lawyers have the right to pay in arrears. In common with court fees, the claimant has to pay in advance/cover extraordinary expenses in the first instance, but who pays them in the final instance is decided by the judge/judgement based on the general rules for case costs (chapter 20 of the Dispute Act).
Written confirmation from your lawyer
Lawyers who are members of the Norwegian Bar Association are obliged to give written confirmation of their brief (link to the association's website) to their clients. Confirmation must state what the brief concerns and its expected scope, how their fee will be calculated and invoiced plus details of how to lodge a complaint. Anyone using a lawyer is recommended to ask for such a confirmation.
If you think a lawyer's fee is too high, you can ask the court to review it in a civil case, see section 3-8 of the Dispute Act (link to lovdata.no).