About the Office of the Attorney General

Picture showing government attorney Fredrik Sejersted.

The Office of the Attorney General is organised as a single central entity administratively subordinate to the Office of the Prime Minister. It is located in Oslo and is led by Attorney General Fredrik Sejersted, who is appointed by the King pursuant to the Instructions for the Office of the Attorney General. Marius Ovesen is Chief Operating Officer. In addition, four lawyers have been assigned managerial duties and make up the management group.

The Office of the Attorney General employs around 50 legal professionals (lawyers and trainee lawyers) and an administrative staff of 22.

The main duties of the Office are to conduct cases on behalf of the Norwegian state in civil lawsuits before national and international courts, and to issue legal opinions. Our clients are the central government bodies, i.e. the Government, the ministries and their subordinate agencies.

Picture showing a lectern.

Former attorney generals

The Attorney General is an office established by Royal Decree of 28. March 1816. The duties assigned to the office were to conduct civil lawsuits for the State and to advise the Government and the public administration on legal issues. These duties remain unchanged today.

The assignment was originally given to a specific lawyer in private practice. It was not until 1962 that the office was organised as a public body with its own staff. In the last decades, the Office of the Attorney General has been organised as an agency under the Office of the Prime Minister.

It has gradually grown in size. The organisation currently comprises 50 lawyers and 22 administrative staff. The current Attorney General, in office since 2015, is the 20th in an unbroken line dating back more than 200 years.

Bredo Henrik von Munthe af Morgenstierne den eldre 

1816–1820

Jonas Anton Hielm 

1820–1825

Niels Aars

1822–1830

H. C. Petersen

1830–1837

Frederik Stang

1837–1839

Eskild Bruun

1839–1842

I. W. Skjelderup

1842–1859

Bernhard Dunker

1859–1870

Hans Christian Grønn

1870–1873

Christian Lasson

1873–1893

Johannes Bergh

1873–1893

Karl Lous

1904-1917

Annæus Schjødt

1917–1923

Kristen Johanssen

1924–1939

Valentin Voss

1939–1941

Henning Bødtker

1945–1962

Hans Methlie Michelsen

1962–1972

Bjørn Haug

1972–1993

Sven Ole Fagernæs

1993–2015

Fredrik Sejersted

2015–