10 million to investigate guardianship cases

Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr., guardianshipNorwegian Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr. Photo: Bjørn Inge Bergestuen / Progress Party

NOK 10 million to investigate involuntary guardianship cases

364 persons have contacted the county governors to inform that they do not want guardians, this year alone; Therefore, the Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr (Progress Party), grants NOK 10.2 million to investigate guardianship cases.

The additional grant of NOK 10.2 million is allocated to the Norwegian Civil Law Administration and county governors – through the revised Norwegian national budget, writes the national newspaper VG.

Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr, reacts to the fact that as many as 364 persons believe that they have been placed under guardianship against their will.

“That figure is too high, it ought to be zero. The county governors now have to dig into these cases and assess the reality of each,” the Minister of Justice tells the newspaper.

“Guardianship is an important tool for those in need of it, not something to be imposed against their will,” he elaborates.

Review of 18,000 cases

VG revealed last autumn that the state lacked an overview of how many of Norway’s 64,000 guardianship cases are voluntary. In retrospect, then Justice Minister Tor Mikkel Wara (Progress Party) commissioned a review of 18,000 existing guardianship cases, which the county governors thought would be an almost impossible task – without increased funds. They have thus got what they asked for.

“This will be enough to carry out the assignment,” Minister of Justice, Jøran Kallmyr concludes.

The pot of NOK 10.2 million will be distributed between the Norwegian Civil Law Administration and the guardianship departments of Norway’s county governors.

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