The Supreme Administrative Court

The Supreme Administrative Court is the supreme general administrative court and considers determinations on appeal from any of the four administrative courts of appeal in Sweden.

The most important function of the Supreme Administrative Court is, through its determinations in concrete cases, to create precedents, which may provide guidance for the courts and others who are required to apply current law.

All appeals will not be considered by the Supreme Administrative Court, but only those where the Supreme Administrative Court grants leave to appeal. The main rule is that leave to appeal is only granted if the Supreme Administrative Court's determination may be of importance as a precedent, that is to say provide guidance for how other similar cases should be considered. The fact that it may be considered that the administrative court of appeal has made an erroneous judgment is not normally sufficient for the Supreme Administrative Court to entertain the case and consider it.

Where is the Supreme Administrative Court located?

The Supreme Administrative Court is located at Birger Jarls Torg 13. 

Who do you come into contact with at the Supreme Administrative Court?

Members of the Supreme Administrative Court hold the title Justices of the Supreme Administrative Court. The Supreme Administrative Court shall, according to law, comprise fourteen Justices of the Supreme Administrative Court or such high a number as may be required. One of the Justices of the Supreme Administrative Court is also the president and head of the court.

The Justices of the Supreme Administrative Court are assisted by Judge Referees, who prepare and present cases and present proposals for judgments and decisions. The Judge Referees are lawyers who have been trained at court. They are employed for a fixed term and their service as a Judge Referee constitutes a step in their judicial career. 

Administrative personnel also work at the Supreme Administrative Court. In total there are approximately 90 employees at the Supreme Administrative Court.

Typical cases at the Supreme Administrative Court

The most common types of cases in the Supreme Administrative Court are cases concerning taxes and social insurance, but in total the Supreme Administrative Court deals with approximately 500 types of cases.

In practice, the administrative courts of appeal are the final instance in most cases. Leave to appeal is only granted in a few per cent of those cases that are referred to the Supreme Administrative Court.

The Supreme Administrative Court can also under certain circumstances examine whether a decision made by the government is in contravention of a rule of law. This institution is known as legal review. A prerequisite for legal review is that the decision involves an examination of the individual's civil rights or obligations as referred to in Article 6.1 in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Supreme Administrative Court (and the Supreme Court) cannot, as in the case of the supreme courts in other countries, declare an enactment or an individual regulation invalid.




Senast ändrad: 2014-02-05
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