Ministry of Justice (United Kingdom)

Ministry Of Justice (United Kingdom)

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The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a ministerial department of the UK Government headed by the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor, who is responsible for improvements to the justice system so that it better serves the public. His department is also responsible for some areas of constitutional policy (those which were not transferred in 2010 to the Deputy Prime Minister). Priorities for the department are to reduce re-offending and protect the public, to provide access to justice, to increase confidence in the justice system, and uphold people’s civil liberties. The Secretary of State is the government minister responsible to Parliament for the judiciary, the court system and prisons and probation.

The ministry was formed when some functions of the Home Secretary were combined with the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The latter replaced the Lord Chancellor's Department in 2003.

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UK-wide

The ministry handles relations between the three devolved administrations (the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Assembly Government) and the UK government. It has responsibiltiy for securing the administration of some tribunals in the whole of the UK, such as the Special Immigration Appeals Commission. It is also responsible for civil liberties, freedom of information, data sharing and protection, law reform, and burial policy across the UK. The head of the department is both Secretary of State...
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