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The Consiliation Board

The Conciliation Board is the lowest level of the legal system for civil cases. It is a mediation service that has limited judicial powers. The Conciliation Board’s main task is to help the parties to a case to resolve it in a simple, quick and inexpensive manner, either through mediation or by judgment. Most cases brought before the Conciliation Board concern disagreements about debt in various contexts, particularly in connection with the purchase of goods and services.

Every municipality has a Conciliation Board. The Conciliation Board consists of three lay members and three deputy members, chosen from among the municipality’s inhabitants for a period of four years at a time. The Conciliation Board’s secretarial tasks are administered by the police. A complaint brought before the Conciliation Board is usually dealt with by the Conciliation Board in the municipality in which the subject of the complaint lives or has his/her registered business address.

If you wish to have a case brought before the Conciliation Board, you have to pay a court fee. In 2010, the court fee is NOK 860. The party who loses the case will usually be ordered to pay the costs of the case. 

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