Tore Schei is a lawyer holding an LL.M from the University of Oslo (1971). His professional career consists of three main parts – advocate at the General Attorney’s office, judge at the court of appeal, and Justice and Chief Justice at The Norwegian Supreme Court.
As advocate for eight years at the office of The Attorney General Tore Schei conducted civil litigation on behalf of the government, governmental agencies and state owned companies before Norwegian courts. He was admitted to the Supreme Court Bar in 1974.
For four years Tore Schei was a judge at Eidsivating (now Borgarting) Appeal Court. His experience from the court of appeal includes the role as the leading judge in criminal cases before a jury.
From March 1986 to February 2016 Tore Schei was a Justice in the Supreme Court of Norway. From August 2002 and throughout the rest of his period on the Supreme Court he has been the Chief Justice (President) of the court. The Norwegian Supreme Court has general jurisdiction – much like the UK Supreme Court – and handles cases involving all categories of law; civil, criminal, administrative and constitutional.
As a judge in courts with general jurisdiction for the most of his career Tore Schei is a legal generalist and he does not recon himself as an expert in any field of law with one exception: civil procedure. He is the author and co-author of commentaries on the civil procedure acts and he was the chairman of the Norwegian Civil Procedure Committee that in 2001 presented a draft for a new civil procedural code and a code for commercial arbitration. With the exception of some minor alterations the committee’s drafts were made law by the Norwegian Parliament.
In Tore Schei’ s term as Chief Justice the Supreme Court has taken extensive part in the international cooperation between Supreme Courts; on the Nordic, the European and the global level. He has in different ways tried to open up the Court for the public, and he has written many articles in the newspapers about the Supreme Court and has taken part in the public debate about the work of the court.