The Norwegian Dispute Act establishes the procedural framework for how civil cases are handled by Norwegian courts. In May 2023 the Norwegian Parliament adopted a bill introducing several adjustments to the Dispute Act of 2005. The majority of these changes entered into force on 1 July 2023 and the remaining changes will enter into force on 1 January 2024.
The overall purpose of the proposals is according to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security's ("MJP") white paper to achieve a more efficient administration of justice, more active case management and a greater degree of proportionality in the process. The ultimate goals are thus to contribute to lower costs for the parties and society and secure access to court for the public.