New Appointment to the Supreme Court of Denmark

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The Supreme Court (SC) of Denmark will have a new judge. The Judicial Appointments Council (JAC) has recommended Ombudsman Jørgen Steen Sørensen for the position late in June. The appointment is not final, however, as Sørensen must first prove his merit by voting with the SC in four “trial” cases. After the quota, SC judges will have a choice to confirm Sørensen to the position.

In this contribution, I examine the procedure for appointment of SC judges in Denmark, which has several interesting features. All Danish judges, except for the SC President, are appointed by the Minister of Justice, on the recommendation of JAC, in on an open call for applications. However, the SC has a decisive influence over the appointment of its own judges: due to 1) the informal pre-selection that precedes Council recommendation; 2) the composition of the JAC; 3) and the practice of trial-vote.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date9 Aug 2019
PublisherBlog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2019

Bibliographical note

Suggested Citation: Simon Drugda, New Appointment to the Supreme Court of Denmark, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog, Aug. 9, 2019, at:

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Law - Judicial appointments, supreme courts, Judicial Appointments Council, Højesteret, Judicial diversity

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