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The Supreme Court opens to the public

10/14/2021 From Monday 18 October, the limitations on the audience capacity in our courtrooms will be lifted. Most of the hearings in the Supreme Court are open to the public, which allows everyone to attend. (Next hearings)

Grand chamber hearing of the question of wind power development in reindeer herding area

8/13/2021 The case concerns appeals from Fosen reindeer herding district, the "south group", versus Fosen Vind DA and from Statnett SF versus Fosen reindeer herding district, the "south group" and the "north group", against Frostating Court of Appeal's appraisal of 8 June 2020, and the second-tier appeal from Fosen Vind DA versus the two reindeer herding districts regarding the same appraisal on the poin...

Press release from the Supreme Court in the ACER case

1/5/2021 On Wednesday 13 January 2021 at 9 a.m., the plenary of the Supreme Court will start hearing case no. 20-072085SIV-HRET between the organisation No to the EU and the Norwegian State on the implementation of EU's third energy market package into the EEA Agreement. The Supreme Court is to determine whether the action is inadmissible.

Judgment in the "climate lawsuit"

12/22/2020 Supreme Court judgment 22 December 2020, HR-2020-2472-P, (case no. 20-051052SIV-HRET, civil case, appeal against judgment:  Nature and Youth Norway Greenpeace Nordic Friends of the Earth Norway (intervener) The Grandparents Climate Campaign (intervener) (Counsel Emanuel Feinberg and Cathrine Hambro) v. The State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy (The Office of the Attorney...

The Supreme Court's press release on the climate lawsuit

10/29/2020 Case no. 20-51052SIV-HRET, civil case, appeal against judgment: Parties: Nature and Youth Norway and Föreningen Greenpeace Norden v. The State represented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy On 4–12 November 2020, the plenary of the Supreme Court will hear the so-called climate lawsuit between the above parties. The Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature and the Grandparents Clima...

Open Day on Instagram

10/25/2020 The European Day of Justice is celebrated each year around 25 October, initated by the Council of Europe. The Supreme Court of Norway normally participates by inviting to an Open Day with guided tours of the Supreme Court Building and seminars on the Court's activities.   Due to the COVID-19 situation, this year's Open Day is unfortunately postponed. Instead we welcome the public to a digital...

The Supreme Court resumes ordinary oral hearings

8/6/2020 From week 33, the Supreme Court will resume ordinary oral hearings.  Special infection control measures are implemented in the Supreme Court Building, and everyone entering must study and comply with them, see  Infection control measures. The infection control measures implies that there are limited seats available in the courtrooms. The public is therefore recommended to follow the hearings by...

How to follow the Supreme Court's digital appeal hearings

5/20/2020 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.   

Appeal in climate lawsuit to be heard by the plenary of the Supreme Court

4/20/2020 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...

Remote hearings in the Supreme Court

4/16/2020 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. 

Written hearing of a criminal case

4/7/2020 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. 

Child welfare cases in a grand chamber of the Supreme Court

3/27/2020 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...

The Supreme Court postpones oral hearings

3/12/2020 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 of Norway's information book

1/18/2018 This book gives a brief orientation of the Supreme Court of Norway, focusing on the Supreme Court's current role and operation, its historical background and the Supreme Court Building. 

Plenary session 17 January

1/17/2018 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...

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