The Lovdata Foundation has been created by the Royal
Ministry of Justice and the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation
at the University of Oslo. To the basic capital of the
foundation the Ministry of Justice has contributed NOK 400,000
in cash and the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation has
contributed NOK 200,000 in the form of machine equipment,
office equipment and furniture. Moreover, the Norwegian
Statute Book Foundation has transferred to the Lovdata
Foundation the activities which, since 1979, have been carried
out at the Data Office of the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation
The creating institutions have stipulated the following
regulations for the Foundation:
§ 1. The name of the Foundation is Lovdata.
§ 2. The headquarters (place of business) of Lovdata is in
§ 3. Lovdata is a non-profit organisation. The objective of
the Foundation is to create, maintain and operate systems
for legal information. In this connection the Foundation
may assume assignments from public as well as from
private institutions. The Foundation may also contribute
towards research and development within the scope of its
§ 4. Lovdata has been given a basic capital of NOK 600,000.
§ 5. The operations of Lovdata shall be self-financing, but
not based on a profit. This shall not prevent Lovdata
establishing reserves to ensure continued development and
operation and to make possible appropriations for
research within the scope of its objective.
§ 6. The board of Lovdata shall be composed of not more than 5
members, with personal deputies. The Ministry of
Justice, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Government
Administration, the Faculty of Law at the University of
Oslo, the Norwegian Bar Association and the Norwegian
Association of Judges may each appoint one board member
together with deputy.
The term of office of the board members is 2 years.
Should the provision in the first sentence result in the
term of office of more than 3 board members expiring
simultaneously, one or two of the board members with
deputies shall resign, after drawing of lots, one year
after the expiry of the ordinary term of office.
The Ministry of Justice shall appoint one of the board
members as president of the board. The board itself
shall appoint its vice-president.
§ 7. If the board so decides, Lovdata may have a daily
manager, to be appointed by the board. Remuneration to
the daily manager and other employees is to be fixed by
§ 8. The board members and their deputies may be granted
remuneration which is reasonable compared to the work and
the responsibilities involved in the office. The
remuneration shall be stipulated by the council of
Lovdata following a recommendation by the board.
§ 9. Lovdata shall have a council. Its function shall be
advisory, with the exception of the competence assigned
to the council of Lovdata according to these regulations.
The Legal Information Council shall be the council for
Lovdata. Should the Legal Information Council cease to
exist, the board of Lovdata shall appoint the members of
the council. The council shall consist of no less than
10 and no more than 20 members, and the representation on
the Council of institutions having a considerable
interest in the development of the legal information
system shall be ensured. The term of office of the
council members shall be 4 years. Members of the council
may be re-appointed.
§ 10. The auditor of the Foundation shall be appointed by the
Lovdata council. The auditor's report shall be submitted
to the council.
§ 11. Lovdata is obliged to maintain a data base of acts and
statutes. The data base shall be made available to the
Norwegian Statute Book Foundation to be used for the
printing and publishing of a Norwegian Book of Statutes,
although no charge is to be made for the work involved in
the original registration of the 1979 edition of The
Norwegian Statute Book. Nor can such charge be claimed
in the case of Lovdata making the data base available to
§ 12. Lovdata must not itself publish or contribute to the
publication by others of a compilation of acts and
statutes which corresponds to the Norwegian Statute Book
as long as the Norwegian Statute Book Foundation
publishes such a compilation in a satisfactory manner.
§ 13. Following a proposal by the board the council of Lovdata
may with a 2/3 majority amend the terms of the Foundation
or decide that the Foundation shall cease to exist.
§ 14. If the Foundation shall cease to exist, the properties
and obligations of the Foundation shall be divided into
two equal parts. The Ministry of Justice and the
Norwegian Statute Book Foundation shall each make use of
their share for related purposes.