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COSMIN DARIESCU, Elements of Norwegian Legal Culture

Abstract: In a global society, legal cultures of different nations constitute a fertile field of research. The concept of legal culture is defined as ideas and expectations to law made operational by institutional practices. This paper aims to offer a synthesis of basic data about the legal sources, the court system and the judicial procedure of Norway. From the legal sources point of view, Norwegian Law is at the border between the Romano-Germanic Family and the Common Law Family. Courts are organized in a three layered system that deals with civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional cases. Judges are both professionals and laymen. The judicial procedure is oral, public, adversial and transparent, with some limitations on the right to appeal in civil cases.

Keywords: legal culture, Norway, legal sources, court system, judicial procedure.

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