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)

8 Apr 2021, 11:04 a.m.
We’re giving judges the option to use Whole Life Orders (WLOs) in more cases. Our justice reforms include: - A WLO as the default sentence for the premeditated murder of a child. - Reducing the WLO minimum age to 18 in exceptional cases. More: https://t.co/0BFI7tHsb4 https://t.co/QlUhWeeDK3 - Link
7 Apr 2021, 12:03 p.m.
Click here to read more about Mo's story 👇 https://t.co/N40lXeld68 - 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
Mar. 16 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 20 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Mar. 09 Written Statements Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill
Apr. 13 Westminster Hall Criminal Cases Review Commission
Mar. 03 Adjournment Debate Sexual Offences Act 2003: Positions of Trust
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Ministry of Justice - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 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.

Introduced: 20th May 2020

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 - Programme Motion
Monday 22nd March 2021
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Introduced: 9th March 2021

A Bill to make provision about the police and other emergency workers; to make provision about collaboration between authorities to prevent and reduce serious violence; to make provision about offensive weapons homicide reviews; to make provision for new offences and for the modification of existing offences; to make provision about the powers of the police and other authorities for the purposes of preventing, detecting, investigating or prosecuting crime or investigating other matters; to make provision about the maintenance of public order; to make provision about the removal, storage and disposal of vehicles; to make provision in connection with driving offences; to make provision about cautions; to make provision about bail and remand; to make provision about sentencing, detention, release, management and rehabilitation of offenders; to make provision about secure 16 to 19 Academies; to make provision for and in connection with procedures before courts and tribunals; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 2nd Reading - Day 2 (Commons)
Tuesday 16th March 2021
(Read Debate)

Ministry of Justice - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
Published
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).
Published
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.
Published
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.
Published
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
Laid
13 Apr 2021
In Force
4 May 2021
Ministry of Justice Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
Regulation 7 of the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1311) (the “2020 Regulations”) provides that a creditor is prohibited from taking certain steps to enforce a debt against a debtor who is in a breathing space moratorium or a mental health crisis moratorium in relation to that debt, unless the county court or any other court or tribunal where legal proceedings concerning the debt have been or could be issued has given permission for the creditor to take that step.
Laid
13 Apr 2021
In Force
4 May 2021
Ministry of Justice Civil Proceedings and Gender Recognition Application Fees (Amendment) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends two statutory instruments which prescribe fees that are payable in respect of certain applications. Article 2 of this Order amends the Civil Proceedings Fees Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/1053) to prescribe a £5 fee payable when bringing an appeal under regulation 38(9) of the Debt Respite Scheme (Breathing Space Moratorium and Mental Health Crisis Moratorium) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1311) against a decision by a debt advice provider to refuse an application for non-disclosure of a debtor’s usual residential address. Article 3 of this Order amends the Gender Recognition (Application Fees) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/758) to reduce the fee for making an application for a gender recognition certificate to £5.
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Petitions addressed by Ministry of Justice

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
167,506
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, 8 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.

115,723
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, 10 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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Departmental Select Committee

Justice Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Justice Committee
Robert Neill Portrait
Robert Neill (Conservative - Bromley and Chislehurst)
Justice Committee Member since 29 Jan 2020
Rob Butler Portrait
Rob Butler (Conservative - Aylesbury)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
James Daly Portrait
James Daly (Conservative - Bury North)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Sarah Dines Portrait
Sarah Dines (Conservative - Derbyshire Dales)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Maria Eagle Portrait
Maria Eagle (Labour - Garston and Halewood)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
John Howell Portrait
John Howell (Conservative - Henley)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Kenny MacAskill Portrait
Kenny MacAskill (Alba Party - East Lothian)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Kieran Mullan Portrait
Kieran Mullan (Conservative - Crewe and Nantwich)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Andy Slaughter Portrait
Andy Slaughter (Labour - Hammersmith)
Justice Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Paula Barker Portrait
Paula Barker (Labour - Liverpool, Wavertree)
Justice Committee Member since 11 May 2020
Janet Daby Portrait
Janet Daby (Labour - Lewisham East)
Justice Committee Member since 22 Feb 2021
Justice Committee: Upcoming Events
Justice Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 2.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Sir Jonathan Jones QC<br/><i>At 3.15pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Tristan Kirk<br/>Joshua Rozenberg QC<br/>Pippa Woodrow<br/>
20 Apr 2021, 1:45 p.m.
Covid-19 and the criminal law
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Ministry of Justice Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Apr. 16 HMPPS COVID-19 statistics : March 2021 Statistics
Apr. 16 HMPPS Weekly COVID-19 data - 12 April 2021 Transparency
Apr. 14 Cornwall: Bodmin Reporting Centre Guidance and Regulation
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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
15 Apr 2021, midnight Juries: Breastfeeding Alison Thewliss (Scottish National Party - Glasgow Central)

Question to the Ministry of Justice:

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department plans to introduce an exemption from jury service to people breastfeeding.

Answered by Chris Philp - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Currently all jurors, including breastfeeding women, can apply to change the date of their jury service, (to a maximum of 12 months after the original date) if the original date is inconvenient for any good reason. If a juror believes they cannot serve at any time within the next 12 months, they can apply for an excusal. Deferral and excusal applications are considered by summoning officers at the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB). This is done on individual merit and is done carefully, sympathetically and with regard to individual circumstances.

While it is vital juries represent a cross-section of society, we are urgently reviewing our guidance to make it clearer that new mothers should be able to serve at a time that is right for them.

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