The Commission’s members and secretariat


Siv Hallgren

Chair of the Commission and head of the secretariat 

Work experience from the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, executive officer with the Directorate for the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority, chief superintendent of police, prosecutions manager and acting head of the CID in Asker and Bærum Police, head-hunter with ISCO Group AS, trainee lawyer/ lawyer with the law firm Lea, Haavik & Helland and lawyer and partner with Advokatfirmaet Elden DA. She is a former head of the Norwegian Bar Association's Legal Counsel for Aggrieved Parties Committee and was a member of the work group aiming to increase the use of conflict resolution boards, the Criminal Accountability Committee, the Special Courts Committee and the Health Personnel Appeal Board for three years.

Deputy chair

Sven Ole Fagernæs


Fagernæs was employed by the Office of the Attorney General in 1976. He was appointed Attorney General in 1994 and held this position until he retired in April 2015. Fagernæs previously worked in the Legislation Department of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, as a deputy judge at Indre Sogn District Court and as a temporarily appointed judge at Hålogaland Court of Appeals. From 1998-2001, he was on leave from the Office of the Attorney General to take up the post of acting Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security. In 2005, he was the acting Governor of Svalbard.


Dag Jodaa

Rana District Court judge 

Jodaa obtained a Master of Laws degree in 1996. He was a deputy judge from 1996-1999, an adviser at the Ministry of Justice and Public Security from 1999- 2000 and a privately practising lawyer and partner with Advokathuset Helgeland DA from 2000-2015.



Elin Ramleth Østli

State Authorized Public Accountant

Østli obtained an accounting and auditing degree (“høyere revisoreksamen”) in 1986. She previously worked at Arthur Andersen & Co from 1986 to 1991 and at Sparebanken Hedmark from 1991 to 1994. From 1994 she has been a privately practicing auditor and engagement partner at Revisorsenteret Trysil DA. From 2004 to 2007, and from 2010 she has held positions at the Norwegian Institute of Public Accountants. From 2012 to 2016 she was a member of the Appeals Committee for auditor and accountant cases.

Alternate member

Arne Gunnar Aas


Aas obtained a Master of Laws degree in 1977. He was previously an executive officer with the Norwegian Maritime Authority, a deputy judge at Holt District Court and a police lawyer with Asker and Bærum Police. Aas has previously been employed as an advisor by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, focusing on human rights in Moldova. He has been a lawyer with Hjort law firm from 1981 too 2021. Aas was previously a permanent defence counsel at the Supreme Court and permanent defence counsel at Oslo District Court and Borgarting Court of Appeal.

Alternate member

Timothy John Brennen

Professor of psychology at the University of Oslo

Brennen’s research is focused on cognitive psychology, and includes subjects such as identification of persons, false memories and the cognitive effects of trauma exposure. He has served as a court appointed expert witness giving testimony on memory and related subjects.  He has previously worked at the Universities of Tromsø, Savoie and Grenoble, been head of research at the Department of Psychology and Research Dean at the Social Sciences faculty. 


Tor Ketil Larsen

Chief physician and head of section at Stavanger University Hospital and associate professor at the University of Bergen

Larsen has had four three-year scholarship terms at the University of Oslo, where he worked for the Department of Basal Medicine and obtained a Dr. Med degree in 1989. He led the early intervention part of the so-called TIPS project. He has been the academic head of the Regional Centre for Clinical Psychosis Research at Stavanger University Hospital and the head of research in the department. Larsen has written around 120 articles/book chapters on the topic of psychoses, early diagnosis, substance abuse, compulsory disorders, ADHD, epilepsy and the long-term effects of psychoses. He has long experience as a forensic psychiatry expert witness.  

Alternate member

Hanne Helle Arnesen

Agder Court of Appeal judge 

Arnesen obtained a Master of Laws degree in 1986. She has previously worked as an executive officer/researcher with the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, a deputy judge at Larvik District Court and a lawyer. She has been a Court of Appeal judge since 2004.




About the secretariat

The secretariat assists the Commission by investigating the factual and legal aspects of the cases. The secretariat is headed by the Chair and has 13 fulltime employees. 

Nine investigating officers have a legal background, while two investigating officers have a police background. Additionally, the secretariat employs one office manager and a senior secretary. 

The investigating officers have extensive experience from both the criminal justice system and other areas. 

The Commission has a duty to provide guidance. If the applicant is not assisted by a lawyer, the secretariat will normally be in direct contact with the individual. 

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