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

Robert Buckland
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

Ministers of State
Lucy Frazer - Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Alex Chalk - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Lord Wolfson of Tredegar - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

15 Jan 2021, 7:02 p.m.
New rules for business with Europe are here. If you work in legal services, make sure you check guidance on changes to legal practice. Act now at: - Link
15 Jan 2021, 9:15 a.m.
If you have urgent concerns about someone in custody the best course of action is to get in touch with the prison directly. Contact details can be found on the prison’s page: - 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
Dec. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Jan. 14 Written Statements Criminal Legal Aid: Independent Review
Jan. 13 Westminster Hall War Memorials: Desecration
Nov. 24 Adjournment Debate HMP Frankland: Covid-19
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Ministry of Justice - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Tabled: 7th January 2020

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

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 25th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 8th January 2020

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 4th November 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 27th February 2020

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 14th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 11th February 2020

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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 26th February 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 21st January 2020

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

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 8th June 2020 and was enacted into law.

Tabled: 5th March 2020

A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 22nd October 2020 and was enacted into law.

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.

Last Event - 2nd reading : House of Lords
Monday 21st September 2020
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Next Event - Committee stage: House of Lords
Tuesday 26th January 2021

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
8 Jan 2021
In Force
11 Jan 2021
Ministry of Justice Public Health (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (England) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations prevent, except in specified circumstances, attendance at a dwelling house for the purpose of executing a writ or warrant of possession or delivering a notice of eviction.
18 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Justice Civil Legal Aid (Financial Resources and Payment for Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Explanatory text not available
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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 1 year, 5 months 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, 7 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
14 Jan 2021, 5:25 p.m. Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife) Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his oral answer of 8 December 2020, Official Report, column 710, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on giving priority to (a) prison staff and (b) prisoners for the covid-19 vaccine.

Answered by Lucy Frazer - Minister of State (Ministry of Justice)

The decision about who will be eligible for the vaccine and the priority in which it is given is being decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, but detailed planning is underway between HMPPS, NHS and public health bodies to prepare for the delivery of vaccinations in prisons.

Healthcare teams are also prioritising influenza vaccination clinics in prisons and have been encouraged to complete these as early as possible, to minimise any impact on the Covid-19 vaccine programme.

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