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Court bias fears against foreigners. A Norwegian government minister fears foreigners could be losing out in court due to a shortage of ethnic minority lay judges. Anyone appearing in court is entitled to be represented by their peers, irrespective of ethnicity or age, but NRK’s survey reveals foreign names are almost entirely absent from Norway’s list of lay judges (UK equivalent: Magistrate). “It’s important that those who pass judgements have different backgrounds and experiences, and is a significant legal principle,” Sunniva Ørstavik, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman, tells NRK.

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Court bias fears against foreigners

Published on Thursday, 16th June, 2011 at 17:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A Norwegian government minister fears foreigners could be losing out in court due to a shortage of ethnic minority lay judges.

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A gavel
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Anyone appearing in court is entitled to be represented by their peers, irrespective of ethnicity or age, but NRK’s survey reveals foreign names are almost entirely absent from Norway’s list of lay judges (UK equivalent: Magistrate).

“It’s important that those who pass judgements have different backgrounds and experiences, and is a significant legal principle,” Sunniva Ørstavik, the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombudsman, tells NRK.

Professor of Law Ulf Stridbeck says “from what I have observed, you can say these lay judges are a elite group of White people in their prime.”



Published on Thursday, 16th June, 2011 at 17:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: foreignersincourt, norwegianlegalsystem.





  
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