Courts of Appeal
There are six Courts of Appeal in Norway, each covering a certain geographical area, called a circuit.
Each Court of Appeal is chaired by a president.
The Courts of Appeal adjudicate appeals against decisions from the District Courts in their circuits. They decide both civil and criminal cases.
Six Courts of Appeal
Borgarting Court of Appeal. Sits in Oslo and covers the following counties: Oslo, Buskerud, Østfold and the southern part of Akershus.
Eidsivating Court of Appeal. Sits in Hamar, and covers the following counties: Hedmark, Oppland and the northern part of Akershus.
Agder Court of Appeal. Sits in Skien, and covers the following counties: Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder.
Gulating Court of Appeal. Sits in Bergen, and covers the following counties: Hordaland, Sogn and Fjordane and Rogaland.
Frostating Court of Appeal. Sits in Trondheim, and covers the following counties: Møre and Romsdal and Trøndelag.
Hålogaland Court of Appeal. Sits in Tromsø, and covers the following counties: Nordland, Troms and Finnmark.
In the Courts of Appeal the individual case is always heard by a panel of three appellate judges. This Appeal Screening Committee, screens appeals and decides which cases that should proceed. They may refuse an appeal if their view is that the appeal will not be successful, but cases with a sentencing limit that exceeds 6 years imprisonment can not be refused.
A civil case is as a rule heard by three professional judges. In certain types of case there must be lay judges as well. The parties can also demand that two to four lay judges be empanelled.
The Court of Appeal’s decisions – other than decisions on the question of guilt in criminal cases – can be appealed to the Supreme Court.