The Frostating Court of Appeal (lagmannsrett) is one of Norway’s six courts of appeal. The court is based in Trondheim, and also has court premises in Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund.
At present, the court has 19 judges, including one senior presiding Court of Appeal judge (førstelagmann) and two presiding Court of Appeal judges (lagmenn), a land consolidation judge, a head of administration, a senior adviser land consolidation and 11 executive officers. The court is based in Trondheim.
The Court of Appeal hears appeals in civil cases – including cases of appraisement – as well as criminal cases from the 8 district courts (tingrettene) in the counties of Nord-Trøndelag, Sør-Trøndelag and Møre og Romsdal. The Court of Appeal is also the appellate authority for the land consolidation courts (jordskifterettene) in the same counties.
Due to frequent trips to the courthouses in Ålesund, Molde and Kristiansund, and otherwise in connection with site inspections or viewing the scene of crime, the Frostating Court of Appeal is a mobile court in many respects.
The Ministry of Justice, supported by the Storting, has specified objectives for how long court proceedings should take, expressed as norms for the longest average period for proceedings of criminal cases and civil cases respectively. For the courts of appeal, the requirement for criminal cases is three months from when the case came in until judgement is delivered. For civil cases, the corresponding requirement is six months. In recent years, none of the Norwegian appeal courts have succeeded in complying with the norms for the two main groups of cases. Frostating Court of Appeal has in recent years succeeded in complying with the norms for the civil cases but not for the criminal cases.
Some priorities are imposed by law. For example, in the court of appeal, a criminal case in which the defendant has been remanded in custody must be scheduled for hearing within 8 weeks. As a result, other criminal cases may take more time. Sometimes defendants, parties or their advocates cause postponements or delays that the court of appeal must accept. In general, considerable pressure is placed on all participants to avoid changes in listings for hearing. We operate on the basis that focused efforts to keep the period for court proceedings within the given norms strengthens confidence in the Court as an up-to-date authority for dispute resolution.
In 2016, we received 318 appeals in criminal matters. 32 appeals were heard as jury cases, 75 as cases with lay judges and 29 as cases with professional judges. (The latter group consists of cases in which the appeal does not concern the question of guilt). For the other cases, either leave to appeal was not granted or the appeals were decided in other ways without an appeal hearing.
The number of criminal interlocutory appeals (mainly related to remand in custody) heard in 2016 was 294.
In 2016, we received 260 appeals in civil cases. About the same number of cases were concluded in the Court of Appeal, of which almost half were determined by judgement. In the other cases, either an in-court settlement was entered into or the cases lapsed for other reasons.
In the same year, the Court of Appeal received 8 cases as the court of the first instance. These were decisions of the National Insurance Court that were brought before the courts.
The number of incoming civil interlocutory appeals in 2016 was 170.
In 2016, the Court of Appeal had a total budget appropriation of NOK 36,7 million.
More information about court proceedings and finances is provided in the annual report for the Court of Appeal (in Norwegian).
Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 3.45 p.m. (3 p.m. in summer)
Telephone: +47 73 54 24 60
Fax: +47 73 54 24 84
Visiting address: Munkegaten 20, Trondheim
Postal address: Postboks 2315 Torgarden, NO-7004 Trondheim, Norway