The Norwegian Prosecuting Authority

The highest prosecution authority in Norway is the King in Council, followed by the Higher Prosecuting Authority (the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Regional Public Prosecution Offices), and the Prosecuting Authority in the Police. The Prosecuting Authority investigates criminal offences and decides whether or not to initiate an indictment, and may also settle cases by dismissing the case, transferring the case to the Norwegian Mediation Service, dropping the charges (with or without conditions) or issuing a ticket fine. For minor traffic and duty offences, the police and the customs authority may issue on-the-spot fines.