There are three main levels of courts in Norway, and these are the same both in civil and criminal cases. At the first level there are numerous local courts. When referring to this level in the abstract, or collectively to the individual courts at this level, one uses the common nouns ‘byrett’ or ‘herredsrett’, for towns and rural areas respectively. A particular court at this level is referred to by prefixing the name of the place where the court is located or of the geographic area in which the court has power, for example, ‘the decision of Oslo byrett’.