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Courts and Court Proceedings

  • Anna Nylund
  • Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde
Chapter
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 73)

Abstract

The Nordic courts and court culture have several distinctive traits: (1) a three-tier court hierarchy with little specialisation; (2) judicial discretion and pragmatism; (3) “Nordic” oral proceedings; (4) lay participation; and (5) the role of Supreme Courts and the doctrine of quasi-stare decisis. Many of the traits are not uniquely Nordic, yet their combination and small distinctions compared to other legal systems do set them apart. There are also considerable differences between the Nordic countries. The main divides follow the historical division between the historical Swedish, eastern, kingdom, which included Finland; and the historical Danish-Norwegian kingdom, which also included Iceland.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of Tromsø—The Arctic University of NorwayTromsøNorway
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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