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

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)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Oct 2020, 5:33 p.m.
🚨The Sentencing Act 2020 has today, received royal assent🚨 “The new Sentencing Code will help provide much needed clarity, reducing errors and restoring faith that the law is being applied correctly.” - @RobertBuckland Find out what this means here👇 - Link
21 Oct 2020, 8:08 a.m.
Alcohol is a factor in around 39% of violent crime. Courts in Wales can now order offenders who commit alcohol-fuelled crime to stop drinking & wear sobriety tags to aid rehabilitation & end the cycle of reoffending. Find out how the tags work below 👇 - 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
Sep. 22 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Oct. 22 Westminster Hall Ministry of Justice: Legal Aid Spending
Sep. 11 Adjournment Debate Child Cruelty Offences: Sentencing
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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 Ping Pong: House of Commons 6 October, 2020 7 Oct 2020, 8:28 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 3rd reading: House of Commons 6 October, 2020 7 Oct 2020, 8:29 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.
Sentencing Bill [HL] 2019-21 3rd reading: House of Commons 2 Oct 2020, 1:13 p.m.
A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.
Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Bill 2019-21 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 September, 2020 9 Oct 2020, 8:52 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.

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
15 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Justice European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (Relevant Court) (Retained EU Case Law) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations provide which courts are relevant courts for the purposes of section 6 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (the Act). This means that they are not bound by retained EU case law to the extent provided by these Regulations. Retained EU case law is defined under section 6(7) of the Act as any principles laid down by, and any decisions of, the Court of Justice of the European Union, as they have effect in EU law immediately before IP completion day, subject to certain exceptions, as those principles and decisions are modified by or under the Act or other domestic law from time to time.
5 Oct 2020
In Force
26 Oct 2020
Ministry of Justice Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends the Schedule to the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (References to Financial Investigators) (England and Wales) Order 2015 (S.I. 2015/1853) (“the 2015 Order”).
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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, 2 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, 4 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

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Oct. 22 Sentencing Code granted Royal Assent News and Communications
Oct. 22 Ministry of Justice statement in fee-paid judicial litigation: October 2020 News and Communications
Oct. 21 Immigration and Asylum Ad-hoc Statistics Research and Statistics
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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
21 Oct 2020, 5:48 p.m. Neil Coyle MP (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark) Neil Coyle MP (Labour - Bermondsey and Old Southwark)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many appeals to EU Settlement Scheme decisions have (a) been made and (b) been successful in reversing a decision made by his Department.

Answered by Alex Chalk - Assistant Whip

The EU Settlement Scheme is administered by the Home Office with a statutory right of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal - Immigration and Asylum Chamber (FtTIAC).

From commencement of the statutory appeal right on 31 January 2020 to 30 June 2020, the most recent date for published tribunal statistics, there have been 57 appeals lodged with the FtTIAC against decisions made under the EU Settlement Scheme.

Seven appeals have been rejected, with the remainder awaiting determination by the tribunal.

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