Supreme Court of Finland

The court of final instance in criminal and civil cases in Finland. Established in 1918, but its beginnings lie much earlier in history. The most important function of the Supreme Court is to establish judicial precedents in leading cases thus ensuring uniformity in the administration of justice by the lower courts. Its jurisdiction does not extend to the administrative court system or the Supreme Administrative Court of Finland. Decisions of courts of appeal and land courts, Insurance Court and Market Court may be appealed against to the Supreme Court, provided that the Supreme Court grants leave to appeal. The Supreme Court of Finland official website features Functions; Precedents; Proceedings; Leave to Appeal; Members; Statistics; History.

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Guide ID: 3114 - Last Updated: July 27, 2013