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The Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine

The Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine is appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security pursuant to section 146 of the Norwegian Criminal Procedure Act . The Board is headed by Karl Heinrik Melle, Senior Consultant and psychiatric specialist.

The Board is divided by discipline into the following groups:

  • Forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine

  • Toxicology

  • Genetics

  • Psychiatry

The Board's activities are regulated by the provisions contained in sections 146 and 147 of the Norwegian Criminal Procedure Act and the Regulation concerning the forensic medicine commission  (FOR-2003-03-14-294).

The Board's primary task is the quality assurance of declarations and statements given by expert witnesses in criminal cases. The Board shall also guide and assist the courts, the Norwegian Crown Prosecution Service, defence counsels, legal aid solicitors, expert witnesses, the judicial authorities, the health authorities and other relevant authorities in matters concerning forensic medicine.

In addition, the Board is responsible for joint training of expert witnesses (level B), and holds an annual level B course. The Board is also involved in specialist training courses within the various disciplines (level C courses). The Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine is also required to create a list of relevant expert witnesses in criminal cases.

The Norwegian Civil Affairs Authority has been assigned the task of acting as the secretariat for the Board. The secretariat shall provide the Board with administrative services and legal advice and is currently headed by Johan Flem Kalheim.

The Norwegian Board of Forensic Medicine can be contacted on the following address:

Den Rettsmedisinske Kommisjon
PO Box 8027 Dep.
N-0030 Oslo
Norway

Telephone: +47 22 99 13 38/22 99 13 63

e-mail: drk@sivilrett.no

 

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