Two more women to be named Supreme Court judges

20.11.2020 - 10:41
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The justice minister this week announced she is going to call on the President of Iceland to appoint Ása Ólafsdóttir and Björg Thorarensen as Supreme Court judges. The minister says the appointments will be an important step in the direction of equality. Three of the Supreme Court’s seven judges will be women after the appointments.

Ása Ólafsdóttir was a judge at the Landsréttur appeals court from February to June this year, and previously chaired the wilderness commission’s legal aid commission, and has been personally involved in the creation and processing of many bills into acts of law. 

Björg Thorarensen was a judge at the Landsréttur appeals court from January to June this year, and Previously served as the Icelandic government’s representative at the European Court of Human Rights, and as the chair of the board at Iceland’s data protection authority. 

Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir wrote online this week that their appointment to the Supreme Court of Iceland will be an important step towards equality, bringing the proportion of female judges at the court up to three out of seven. “It is worth celebrating that this should happen on the 100th anniversary year of the Supreme Court of Iceland,” she wrote. 

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