He graduated in law in 1971, and was granted the right to work with Supreme Court cases in 1974. Between 1972 and 1981 he worked for the Office of the Attorney General of Norway. He was also a deputy judge in Ytre Follo District Court during this period, from 1975 to 1976, and was promoted to presiding judge in the Eidsivating Court of Appeal. On 18 October 1985 he was appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court and took office in March the following year. Since 2002, he has been Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Norway.