Borgarting Court of Appeal

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Borgarting Court of Appeal
Borgarting lagmannsrett
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Headquarters Keysers gate 13, Oslo
Employees 107
Borgarting Court of Appeal (Borgarting Lagmannsrett)

Borgarting Court of Appeal (Norwegian: Borgarting lagmannsrett) is the court of appeal located in Oslo, Norway. It serves the counties of Oslo, Buskerud, Østfold and southern Akershus. The court has 62 judges and 45 administrative staff. The court is administrated by the Norwegian National Courts Administration.[1]

The courthouse dates to 2005 and is an eleven storey building—four stories of court rooms, six of meeting rooms and one with meeting rooms—with additional court rooms in an adjoining preserved building from the early 20th century. The building is located near St. Olavs Plass in the city center.[2]


The Borgarting is first mentioned in sources in 1047 as a thing for the counties around the Oslofjord, eventually expanding as far as into Grenland and Båhuslen. The thing was held at Borg. Its laws were codified by King Magnus VI in 1276, when ten judges were appointed. By the fourteenth century, Oslo, Grenland and Båhuslen had their own courts, each with their own presiding judge, and Borgarting was left with Vestfold and Østfold, with the judge seat moving to Tønsberg. In the fifteenth century the seat was moved across the fjord to Sarpsborg, and in 1567 to Fredrikstad. From 1797 Borgarting was renamed Fredrikshald after the city of the same name, and Oslo was renamed Kristiania.[3]

In 1797 the four stiftsoverrett were created as courts of appeal. Akershus Court of Appeal was located in Oslo (at the time called Christiania) and responsible for Eastern Norway.[4] The current structure with six courts of appeal and their names dates from 1890, with small changes to the structure of the districts in 1936. At the same time the overrett ("high court") disappeared. These three courts had been above the courts of appeal, but had used written, instead of oral, procedures.[5]


  1. ^ Norwegian National Courts Administration. "Om Borgarting lagmannsrett" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  2. ^ DARK Architects. "Borgarting lagmannsrett" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on August 4, 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  3. ^ Norwegian National Courts Administration. "Lagting og lagsogn frem til 1797" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  4. ^ Norwegian National Courts Administration. "Stiftsoverrett og overrett 1797-1936" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  5. ^ Norwegian National Courts Administration. "Lagmannsretten 1890-1936" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-10-11. 

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