Erling Sandene

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Not to be confused with Erling Sande.

Erling Sandene (7 April 1921 – 5 March 2015) was a Norwegian judge and civil servant.

He was born in Bærum as a son of teacher Johan Sandene (1885–1945) og Jensine Sæther (1887–1981). He was married to Erna Harbitz Torstenson from 1949 to her death in 1986.[1]

He enrolled as a student in 1940, and graduated as cand.jur. in 1943 after only three years. He was also involved in the Norwegian resistance movement. In 1945 he was hired as a deputy judge in Eidsvoll, where he worked with the legal purge. In 1946 he was hired in the Ministry of Justice and the Police.[1] He was promoted to deputy under-secretary of state in 1962.[2]

He was County Governor of Møre og Romsdal from 1966 to 1972, Supreme Court Justice from 1972 and Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman from 1974 to 1982. From 1984 to 1991, he was the 17th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.[2] Sandene was appointed a Commander with Star of the Order of St. Olav in 1982,[3] and was also a freemason.[4] He died in March 2015.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gjølstad, Liv. "Erling Sandene". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "Erling Sandene". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Torgersen, Rolf Normann (1987). Ordener (in Norwegian). Oslo: Nye Atheneum. p. 189. ISBN 82-7334-148-8. 
  4. ^ "De mest kjente frimurerne". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 18 November 2001. Archived from the original on 14 November 2009. Retrieved 1 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Helland, Marit. "Kjent jurist død". Budstikka (in Norwegian). Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Erling Anger
County Governor of Møre og Romsdal
Succeeded by
Kåre Ellingsgård
Preceded by
Andreas Schei
Norwegian Parliamentary Ombudsman
Succeeded by
Audvar Os
Legal offices
Preceded by
Rolv Ryssdal
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway
Succeeded by
Carsten Smith