Supreme Administrative Court

The Supreme Administrative Court is the highest administrative court in Finland and the final instance in administrative judicial matters.

The Supreme Administrative Court oversees the application of the law within its own purview and may also deliver opinions and make proposals in matters of legislation. The basic principles of the legal system are the administration's conformity to the law and everyone’s right to have a decision affecting his or her rights and obligations reviewed by a court. The general right of appeal and guarantees of a fair trial are secured by law.

The Supreme Administrative Court's field of competence is extensive. It hears cases in areas such as land use planning and construction, the environment, taxation, economic activities (such as competition and public procurement), social welfare and health care, intellectual property rights, local government and alien affairs.

The number of matters annually received by the Court varies. In the 2000s, the number of received cases has varied between 4,000 and 6,000, and the number of solved cases has been the same on average.

The Supreme Administrative Court is a member of the Association of the Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union and the International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions. Furthermore, the Supreme Administrative Court works in close cooperation with Nordic courts of law and participates in cooperation between constitutional courts through the Venice Commission, for example.

Composition and work
The work of the Supreme Administrative Court is headed by the President. There are approximately 100 permanent staff in all. These can be supplemented by temporary staff.

The judges of the Supreme Administrative Court include the President and the Justices. The Court has approximately 20 permanent Justices.

The Court office is headed by the Secretary General. The Court has approximately 40-50 referendaries and 40-50 other employees.

Published 2014-11-28 at 12:45, updated 2021-06-29 at 14:22

The office building of The Supreme Administrative Court. 

The logo of The Supreme Administrative Court.

Good to know about us

The Supreme Administrative Court was established in 1918.

Contact Information

Visiting address:
Paasivuorenkatu 3,
​00530 Helsinki, Finland
Telephone exchange:
029 56 40200,
+ 358 29 56 40200

The website of the Supreme Administrative Court