The Østre Landsret (High Court of Eastern Denmark) is one of Denmark's two High Courts, along with the Vestre Landsret (Western High Court). Both High Courts function as a civil and criminal appellate court for cases from the subordinate courts and furthermore as a court of first instance in significant civil cases with issues of principle.
|Eastern High Court|
Main building of The Eastern High Court
|Authorized by||Danish Constitution|
|Appeals to||Supreme Court of Denmark|
|Number of positions||60|
|President of Eastern High Court|
|Since||November 1, 2005|
|Chief of the Secretariat|
|Currently||Ellen Busck Porsbo|
The Østre Landsret sits in Copenhagen but has chambers in some Eastern towns and cities, such as Odense, used only for criminal cases. It has jurisdiction over all County Courts in Zealand, Funen, Lolland, Falster and Bornholm as well as the Faroe Islands. A municipal court decision can always be appealed to a High Court - if the disputed claim exceeds DKK 10.000. First instance civil cases may only be brought before the High Court if the disputed claim exceeds DKK 1.000.000.
The Østre Landsret has one President and 58 judges. Like the Vestre Landsret, it is split into chambers, each consisting of three High Court judges. Though the President of the High Court appoints a presiding judge for each chamber, all decisions are reached by a simple majority, in all types of cases.
Østre Landsret was established in 1919.