Lodging an appeal

The appeal is delivered to the administrative court. The appeal can be delivered to the administrative court via the electronic service, by e-mail or letter, or by taking the appeal to the customer service of the administrative court.

In the appeal, the appellant shall indicate to the administrative court:

  • the decision challenged;
  • the parts of the decision that are challenged (partly or the whole decision);
  • the amendments demanded to it;
  • the grounds on which the challenge is based;
  • the basis of the right of appeal, if the contested decision does not apply to the appellant (e.g. membership of a municipality).

In addition, the appeal must include the name, domicile and contact information of the appellant. If the appellant is represented by another party, the contact information of that party must also be included. The postal address or any other address to which any documents related to the proceedings can be sent (address for service) must also be indicated on the appeal. If the appellant has included more than one address for service, the administrative court can choose to which of the stated addresses it delivers the documents related to the trial. The administrative court must immediately be notified of any changes in contact details when the appeal is pending!

The appeal should be drafted with care. The contents of the appeal document may decide the extent to which the administrative court will review the matter. The administrative court does not normally have the right to review a matter more extensively than what is requested by the appellant. Clearly and precisely stated demands and grounds promote the hearing of the matter and contribute to reaching a correct end result.

If the appeal is submitted to the Supreme Administrative Court and leave to appeal is required in the matter, the appeal document must also indicate why leave to appeal should be granted.

Documents to be appended to the appeal:

  • Contested decision with instructions for appeal;
  • account indicating the date on which the appellant received notification of the decision, or other proof of the date when the appeal period began;
  • any documents that the appellant wishes to use to support their claims, except where these have already been submitted to the authorities previously.

The administrative court obtains the documents in the possession of the authority directly from that authority.