Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. We work to protect and advance the principles of justice. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Keen of Elie
Lords Spokesperson (Ministry of Justice)
Ministers of State
Lucy Frazer MP
Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Alex Chalk MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Kenny MacAskill (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member)
Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice)
Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
Sir Edward Davey (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Social Justice)
Joanna Cherry (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice)
Mr David Lammy (Labour)
Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Justice)
Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Justice)
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice)
Shadow Ministers
Ms Lyn Brown (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)
Alex Cunningham (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)
Peter Kyle (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)
Karl Turner (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

3 Aug 2020, 8 a.m.
Catch Cookie 🐶, one of our prison search dogs at @HMP_TheMount, on Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs on @ITV - 5 August at 8pm. Cookie🐕 and her handler Nick show Paul the crucial role search dogs play in preventing contraband from entering our prisons. @RealPOGDogs #POGDOGS - Link
31 Jul 2020, 12:57 p.m.
Today we've launched an independent review of administrative law, led by Lord Edward Faulks QC. Find out more: - Link
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Ministry of Justice Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jul. 14 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Prison Staff: Health and Safety
Jun. 30 Adjournment Debate Black Women: Domestic Abuse
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Ministry of Justice - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 June, 2020 29 Jun 2020, 12:59 p.m.
A bill to make in relation to marriage and civil partnership in England and Wales provision about divorce, dissolution and separation; and for connected purposes
Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 February, 2020 3 Mar 2020, 3:50 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the release on licence of offenders convicted of terrorist offences or offences with a terrorist connection; and for connected purposes.
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 8 June, 2020 24 Jun 2020, 5:39 p.m.
A bill to give effect to Law Commission recommendations relating to commencement of enactments relating to sentencing law and to make provision for pre-consolidation amendments of sentencing law
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-21 Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 1 July, 2020 2 Jul 2020, 7:51 p.m.
To require the Parole Board to take into account any failure by a prisoner serving a sentence for unlawful killing or for taking or making an indecent image of a child to disclose information about the victim.
Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] 2019-21 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 2nd reading: House of Commons

2 Sep 2020

16 Jul 2020, 12:47 p.m.
A Bill to implement the Hague Conventions of 1996, 2005 and 2007 and to provide for the implementation of other international agreements on private international law.
Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 22 July, 2020 30 Jul 2020, 3:53 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about the sentencing of offenders convicted of terrorism offences, of offences with a terrorist connection or of certain other offences; to make other provision in relation to terrorism; and for connected purposes.
Sentencing Bill [HL] 2019-21 Order of Commitment discharged (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 July, 2020 30 Jul 2020, 10:07 a.m.
A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.

Ministry of Justice - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
8 Jun 2020, 4:23 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Section 75 – Designation of Public Authority) Order 2020
This Order designates the Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (the “IMA”) for the purposes of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 (c. 47).
12 Feb 2020, 2:21 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (Remedial) Order 2020
Section 1A of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 (c.30) (the “Act”) provides for a fixed sum of bereavement damages to be awarded to a limited category of persons in the event of a fatal accident caused by wrongful act, neglect or default.
20 Jan 2020, 2:09 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Judicial Pensions and Fee-Paid Judges’ Pension Schemes (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
The Judicial Pensions Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/182) (“the 2015 Regulations”) and the Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017 (S.I. 2017/522) make provision for the contributions payable by members of both schemes constituted by those Regulations.
15 Oct 2019, 3:57 p.m.
Ministry of Justice The Human Rights Act 1998 (Remedial) Order 2019
This Order amends the Human Rights Act 1998 (“HRA”) to address a finding of the European Court of Human Rights of a breach of Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights (“Convention”) in the case of Hammerton v United Kingdom (Application no. 6287/10).

Ministry of Justice - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
21 Jul 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Justice Services of Lawyers and Lawyer’s Practice (Revocation etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies (in particular under section 8(2)(c) of that Act) arising from the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union. They are also made in exercise of the powers conferred by sections 12 and 14 of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 which make provision for recognition of professional qualifications and equal treatment and provisions implementing the withdrawal agreement, the EEA EFTA separation agreement and the Swiss citizens’ rights agreement (as those agreements are defined in section 39(1) of that Act),
20 Jul 2020
In Force
1 Oct 2020
Ministry of Justice Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (SI 2010/2955) by substituting for Part 37 of those Rules (applications and proceedings in relation to contempt of court) a new Part 37 that streamlines and simplifies the process for proceedings for contempt of court. The new Part mirrors Part 81 of the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (S.I. 1998/3132) which was substituted by the Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2020 following a consultation by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee (Proposed rule changes relating to contempt of court: redraft of CPR Part 81), which ran from 9 March 2020 to 11 May 2020. These Rules also make amendments in Parts 10 and 11 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 which are consequential on the streamlining of the new Part 37.
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Petitions addressed by Ministry of Justice

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
Petition Closed

Violet-Grace’s Law - Life sentences for Death by Dangerous Driving

Gov Responded - 25 Feb 2019 Debated on - 8 Jul 2019
15 Aug 2019
closed 11 months, 3 weeks ago

The men who killed our daughter drove a stolen a car at 83 mph in a 30 mph zone. They killed our 4-year-old daughter Violet-Grace and severely injured her nan, who has life-changing injuries. They will serve less time in prison than Violet was alive. I don’t want other families to suffer like this.

Petition Closed

People found with a knife to get 10 years and using a knife 25 years in prison.

Gov Responded - 14 Mar 2019 Debated on - 25 Mar 2019
3 Jun 2019
closed 1 year, 2 months ago

People are scared of the amount of knife crime with apparently very little deterent to stop people carrying knifes.

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Ministry of Justice Select Committee

Ministry of Justice Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Ministry of Justice Publications

Ministry of Justice Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
4 Aug 2020, 11:33 a.m. Prison and Probation Service: Finance Lord Bradley


To ask Her Majesty's Government what proportion of the budget allocated to the HM Prisons and Probation Service Payment Plus scheme has been spent so far in the current financial year.

Answer (Lord Keen of Elie)

Payment Plus is funded through Her Majesty’s Prisons and Probation Service’s staff pay budget from savings arising from any staff vacancies, which are then re-invested by each prison to fund the Payment Plus (PP) needed to cover operational staff vacancies.

Prison governors have always had the authority to use PP to allow for additional staff time to cover vacancies. They are given an annual budget for staff costs based on agreed staffing levels and are expected to manage PP within this.

In the first quarter of this financial year, the total spend on PP was £20.4m, which includes additional overtime cover in response to the impact of COVID-19.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a high risk of increased staff absence and to mitigate this, staff were asked to volunteer for additional PP hours in advance of need. Since the start of the scheme in mid-March, to end June, about 60% of the total extra PP hours volunteers had committed to work were used and the remainder are being used as prisons move into recovery.

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