The state agency running Norway’s courts (Domstoladministrasjonen) reports that it may need to impose a hiring freeze and reduce staffing in order to save NOK 22 million in payroll costs.
The court system was allocated less money in the government’s state budget proposal for next year. Newspaper VG reported the cutbacks may need to begin as early as next week.
“This will affect the time it takes to get cases into court,” Sven Marius Urke of the court administration told VG. “But with the budget we’re facing, staff reductions can’t be avoided. It’s not possible to cut costs as much anywhere else but on the payroll.”