The Judicial Administration is an independent administrative agency. Its main functions are to see to and represent the courts' joint administration and promote coordination of the operations of all three judicial levels.

The Judicial Administration is not subject to the authority of others within the judicial system and is independent of the legislative and executive powers.

Director of the Judicial Administration: Kristín Haraldsdóttir


The Judicial Administration’s Functions

The Act on the Judiciary defines the functions of the Judicial Administration. This list is not exhaustive.

Representative function
Represent the joint administration of the courts and appear before governments, mass media, and others on behalf of the combined courts.

Continuing education
Organise continuing education for judges and other employees in the service of the courts.

Information technology
Manage and develop the courts’ IT and provide guidance, as needed.

Data collection and publication
Gather and publish information on the number of cases and their processing in courts and publish an annual report on the activities of the Judicial Administration and the courts.

Coordination and supervision
Promote coordination and supervise the implementation of rules on courts’ case registers, court records, voting records, equipment to record audio and videos in court sessions, judgement books and preservation of case documents and recordings made in court sessions, in accordance with the Act on the Judiciary, the Act on Civil Procedure, and the Act on Criminal Procedure.

Regulatory function
Set work rules for district courts for the purpose of coordination. However, the Judicial Administration’s board can decide that such rules shall be binding if they do not pertain to judicial procedure for which a judge alone bears responsibility.

Initiative function - reforms
Make proposals on anything that could reform the work of courts and legislation applying to them.