To ensure that no one is any doubt about the impartiality of a judge in a case, there is a ‘register of extra-judicial activities’. This lists honorary posts, investments etc. that a judge may be engaged in alongside his/her duties as a judge. The purpose of the register to ensure full openness. This page provides details of what is registered and how to search the register.
The rules on registration of interests apply to all judges, including deputy judges. Full-time and provisional judges are covered if appointed or employed for a period exceeding one month. ‘Interests’ cover membership, offices or other forms of commitment other than a company, organisation, association or body of the state, county or local authority.
What is registered?
The rules basically require all interests to be registered with the exception of:
Membership of political parties, religious communities, stakeholder organisations and non-profit organisations.
Offices and the like in non-profit organisations with fewer than 100 members.
One-off lectures and the like.
What should be registered:
Investments in individual companies exceeding NOK 200,000 at the time of investment or ownership exceeding 10% of the company. The duty to register does not cover bank accounts, unit trusts or the like. The size of investment does not have to be registered.
Honorary posts in associations, societies, organisations or political parties with over 100 members.
Membership of brother- or sisterhoods, e.g. the Freemasons or Odd Fellow.
Employment in private or public sector companies.
Participation in committees, boards or the like set up by the public sector. The same applies to private arbitration boards or the equivalent.
Other involvement, e.g. in education, exam censor, authorship, arbitration or other types of activity.
The last position held before being appointed as a judge.
An interest should be deleted from the register when more than three years have passed since it ended.
Searching the register
Due to technical restrictions, the register is only available as a PDF-file until the beginning of February. The courts are listed alphabetically. Use CTRL+F to search.
View the Register of extra-judicial activities (pdf)
You can search the register alphabetically, by judge name or by the court to which the judge belongs. Double-click to select court and judge.