Question of competence in the grand chamber cases

Supreme Court order 16 January 2020, HR-2020-83-S, (case no. 19-131274SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against decision.

A, B (Counsel Anders Morten Brosveet) v. X municipality (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen) (Assisting counsel Bendik Falch-Koslung) KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid) (Assisting counsel Trine Christin Riiber)

(case no. 19-135171SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against decision.

C (Counsel Halvard Helle), D (Counsel Paal Berg Helland) v. Y municipality (Counsel Mette Yvonne Larsen) (Assisting counsel Bendik Falch-Koslung) KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid) (Assisting counsel Trine Christin Riiber)

(case no. 19-140764SIV-HRET), and (case no. 19-142877SIV-HRET), civil case, appeal against decision. 

I. E (Counsel Bente Mostad Tjugum) v. Z municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid) KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid) (Assisting counsel Trine Christin Riiber) F (Counsel Steinar Jacob Thomassen)

II. F (Counsel Steinar Jacob Thomassen) v. Z municipality (Counsel Frode Lauareid) KS (third-party intervener) (Counsel Frode Lauareid) (Assisting counsel Trine Christin Riiber)

Attending in accordance with section 30-13 of the Dispute Act: The State represented by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (The Office of the Attorney General represented by Maris Kjelstrup Emberland)

Justices: Øie, Matningsdal, Møse, Matheson, Normann, Bull, Kallerud, Bergsjø, Ringnes, Bergh, Østensen Berglund

In connection with three child welfare cases that the Supreme Court will hear jointly in a grand chamber, Justice Falch has informed that this son, who is employed as a trainee advocate with the Municipal Attorney in Oslo, will assist the advocate acting as assisting counsel for the municipality and the third-party intervener KS, during the preparatory phase of the cases, and that he may also assist her during the hearing in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found that Justice Falch was disqualified, stating that any person working with counsel would be disqualified both under section 106 (7) and section 108 of the Courts of Justice Act.

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