Indre Finnmark District Court

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Indre Finnmark District Court
Indre Finnmark tingrett  (Norwegian)
Sis-Finnmárkku diggegoddi  (Northern Sami)
Established 1 Jan 2004
Jurisdiction Southern/Central Finnmark
Location Tana bru
Coordinates 70°12′00″N 28°11′19″E / 70.20008°N 28.18860°E / 70.20008; 28.18860Coordinates: 70°12′00″N 28°11′19″E / 70.20008°N 28.18860°E / 70.20008; 28.18860
Decisions are appealed to Hålogaland
Court of Appeal
Number of positions 7
Website Official website
Chief Judge (Sørenskriver)
Currently Finn-Arne
Schanche Selfors
Judges
Currently Maret Aile Sara
Currently Ragnhild Marit Sara

Indre Finnmark District Court (Norwegian: Øst-Finnmark tingrett or Northern Sami: Sis-Finnmárkku diggegoddi) is a district court located in the village of Tana Bru in Finnmark county, Norway. The court covers the south central part of the county which includes the municipalities of Nesseby, Tana, Karasjok, Porsanger and Kautokeino. The court is subordinate to the Hålogaland Court of Appeal. The court is led by the chief judge (Sorenskriver) Finn-Arne Schanche Selfors.[1]

This court has a chief judge, two other judges, three prosecutors, and one linguist to help with the bilingual nature of this court.[2] The court was established on 1 January 2004 and its official opening was on 23 June 2004. The court was established by a recommendation to support the Sami language-speaking region of Finnmark.[3]

This court is officially bilingual in that all work (oral or written) may be done in either the Norwegian language or the Northern Sami language. The court has an additional responsibility (based on section 110 of the Constitution of Norway) that other district courts do not have: to protect the customs and identity of the Sami people as well as the rights of Sami-speaking people to have the full access of the law in this court.[4][5]

The court is a court of first instance. Its judicial duties are mainly to settle criminal cases and to resolve civil litigation as well as bankruptcy. The administration and registration tasks of the court include death registration, issuing certain certificates, performing duties of a notary public, and officiating civil wedding ceremonies. Cases from this court are heard by a combination of professional judges and lay judges. Cases from this district court may be appealed to the Hålogaland Court of Appeal.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sis-Finnmárkku diggegoddi - Indre Finnmark district court". Norwegian National Courts Administration. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  2. ^ "Om Indre Finnmark tingrett" (in Norwegian). Indre Finnmark tingrett. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  3. ^ "Kort historie" (in Norwegian). Indre Finnmark tingrett. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  4. ^ "Samisk dimensjon" (in Norwegian). Indre Finnmark tingrett. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  5. ^ Funderud Skogvang, Susann, ed. (2013-04-08). "Indre Finnmark tingrett". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-06-04.
  6. ^ Gisle, Jon, ed. (2017-08-18). "Tingrett". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 2018-06-04.

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