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Litigation in Norway

Litigation in Norway

Updated on Thursday 13th April 2017


What are the types of Courts in Norway?

The Norwegian court system is formed by the Supreme Court, the courts of appeal and the first instance courts. Besides those, there is also a Labor Court located in Oslo. The Norwegian judicial system is considered one of the less complex systems in the world. As a particularity there is no Constitutional Court like in other states. The Supreme Court is protecting the provisions of the Constitution. The Supreme Court of Norway consists in 18 judges and a chief justice. There are five courts of appeal in Norway consisting in 17 judges. Each case is heard by a panel of three judges. The first instance courts are much numerous and consist in a single judge per Court.  Our litigation lawyers in Norway can offer you legal representation before any of the Courts mentioned above.

What are the responsibilities of the Courts in Norway?

The highest instance in Norway is the Superior Court, which has jurisdiction and hears all types of cases relate to the civil law, criminal law, administrative law and constitutional law. The decisions taken in the lower courts can be contested in front of the Supreme Court but its main task is to ensure clarity and uniformity in lawmaking. That is the reason why the Supreme Court is more focused on cases which involve issues of legal principle. The Courts of Appeal are hearing the civil and criminal cases already heard at the district courts in criminal and civil cases. The first instance courts are hearing the minor civil and criminal cases. Its decisions can be appealed at the Court of Appeal.
The cases involving the labor laws are heard by the Labor Court located in Oslo. Individuals involved in an employment dispute can seek legal assistance and representation from our team of Norwegian lawyers who has extensive experience in these types of cases.

What are the responsibilities of the Arbitrary Court in Norway?

The parties which have signed a special agreement related to the arbitration in commercial cases can ask for the organization of this type of judgment, considered much faster and cheaper. The parties can pick the place of arbitration, the arbitrators and the date the process can take place. The costs are handled by both parties and the process cannot start if there is no valid arbitration agreement between the parties.
If you want to know more details about the litigation process in Norway, we invite you to watch the video below:


How long does litigation in Norway take?

The duration of an litigation process in Norway doesn’t have an established timeframe. It depends on the complexity of the case, the availability of the parties, the judge or the Norwegian lawyers. It also depends on the fact that the initial decision can be contested in second instance, which increases the time before a decision becomes enforceable.

Our law firm in Norway has a reputable team of litigation lawyers that has handled numerous litigation cases related to commercial disputes, employment disputes, real estate disputes, intellectual property disputes, etc. If you need a litigation attorney in Norway, do not hesitate to contact us.


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