Norwegian Prosecuting Authority

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Norwegian Prosecuting Authority (Norwegian : Påtalemyndigheten) is a body subordinate to the Norwegian Council of State.

Norwegian language North Germanic language spoken in Norway

Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Norway, where it is the official language. Along with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a dialect continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional varieties; some Norwegian and Swedish dialects, in particular, are very close. These Scandinavian languages, together with Faroese and Icelandic as well as some extinct languages, constitute the North Germanic languages. Faroese and Icelandic are not mutually intelligible with Norwegian in their spoken form because continental Scandinavian has diverged from them. While the two Germanic languages with the greatest numbers of speakers, English and German, have close similarities with Norwegian, neither is mutually intelligible with it. Norwegian is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era.

The Council of State, is a formal body composed of the most senior government ministers chosen by the Prime Minister, and functions as the collective decision-making organ constituting the executive branch of the Kingdom. The council simultaneously plays the role of privy council as well as government Cabinet.


This body is responsible for legal prosecutions in Norway. [1] It is divided into three levels. The third level of the Prosecuting Authority is the Police. The first two, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Public Prosecutors, are called "the Higher Prosecuting Authority" (Norwegian : Den høyere påtalemyndighet). [2] Public Prosecutors work on a regional basis, [3] whereas the Director of Public Prosecutions (Norwegian: Riksadvokat) has the coordinative leadership. When Tor-Aksel Busch resigned on 31 October 2019 he was the longest serving Riksadvokat in Norway's history. [4] [5] [6]

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  1. Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "påtalemyndighet". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  2. "The Higher Prosecuting Authority". The Higher Prosecuting Authority. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  3. Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "statsadvokat". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  4. 1 2 Henriksen, Petter, ed. (2007). "riksadvokat". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 September 2009.
  5. 1 2 Rønneberg, Olav (2019-10-11). "NRK erfarer: Jørn Maurud blir ny riksadvokat". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2019-11-01.
  6. Døvik, Olav (2019-10-20). "Tor-Aksel Busch tar et oppgjør med «true crime»: – Vi har gått i amerikansk retning". NRK (in Norwegian Bokmål). Retrieved 2019-11-01.
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