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Who is who?

Hearings in the administrative courts - who are involved and what are their functions?

The administrative court can determine cases relating, for instance, to taxes, social insurance and care of young people and substance abusers. People who can attend a hearing in such a case are:

  • The applicant, that is to say the person who requested that the administrative court entertains the matter.
  • The other party.
  • A legally qualified judge, who is also the chairperson.
  • The lay judges, usually three. Most adult Swedish nationals can be appointed as lay judges. Their task is, together with the legally qualified judge, to apply the legal rules in the case. The participation of lay judges is a guarantee that the determinations made by courts are in line with the general legal perceptions of justice.
  • Witnesses, that is to say, people who can verify what the parties claim.
  • Experts, that is to say an expert who has been called on to explain something specific. He or she may, for instance, be a physician or a psychologist.
  • The officer keeping the record, often a lawyer at the court. He or she notes what is said during the trial.
  • An interpreter, if either of the parties does not speak Swedish. Besides interpreters to interpret a foreign language, there may also be interpretation for people at court who have visual or hearing impairments.
  • The audience. As a trial is often public, other people can also attend. Court hearings, relating to care of young people and substance abusers or psychiatric compulsory care, often take place behind closed doors (in camera), which means that only those who are directly affected may attend.

Senast ändrad: 2010-02-12