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
Chris Philp MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Wendy Morton MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
(Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member)
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Justice)
Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Social Justice)
Joanna Cherry QC MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice)
Richard Burgon MP (Labour)
Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Rt Hon Liz Saville Roberts MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice)
Shadow Ministers
Imran Hussain MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)
Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

27 Jan 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Congratulations to the Right Hon Lord Hodge, who has been appointed as Deputy President of the Supreme Court.   Read more here: https://t.co/Ngp1Fj0fcK   @UKSupremeCourt https://t.co/5ipmqC2fSZ - Link
27 Jan 2020, 8:47 a.m.
"It's not just about our words. It's about our actions and our deeds." @RobertBuckland welcomed Anita Lasker-Wallfisch MBE & @HolocaustUK #HETAmbassadors to @MoJGovUK to hear their testimony for #HMD2020. https://t.co/HRCrosCXRh - 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
Jan. 14 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jan. 14 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Nov. 04 Written Statements Judicial Conduct Investigations Office: Annual Report
Jan. 23 Westminster Hall Assisted Dying Law
May. 01 Adjournment Debate Children’s Funeral Fund
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Ministry of Justice Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-19 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:17 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
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-19 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 15 Oct 2019, 10:14 a.m.
A has been called and Parliament is no longer sitting. The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before . This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 January, 2020 22 Jan 2020, 10:28 a.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 2019-20 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 17 Jan 2020, 3:35 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.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 7 January, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

5 Feb 2020

22 Jan 2020, 5:52 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
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2017-19 to 2019 Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 16 October, 2019 9 Sep 2019, 3:56 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
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill 2017-19 Committee Debate: 2nd sitting: House of Commons 2 July, 2019 (1) (2) 10 Sep 2019, 5:14 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2017-19 to 2019-19 Report stage (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 16 October, 2019 23 Oct 2019, 3:14 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
Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill [HL] 2017-19 Committee Debate: 1st sitting: House of Commons 23 July, 2019 (1) (2) 26 Sep 2019, 3:15 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to provide for online procedures in civil and family courts in England and Wales in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal and in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal
Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 20 December, 2018 21 Dec 2018, 10:51 a.m.
A Bill to make provision about the judiciary and the functions of the staff of courts and tribunals
Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 12 February, 2019 14 Feb 2019, 12:39 p.m.
To make certain acts of voyeurism an offence, and for connected purposes.
Civil Liability Act 2018 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceddings) 20 December, 2018 25 Sep 2019, 5:53 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about whiplash claims and the personal injury discount rate.

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 5 months, 2 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.

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 8 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 Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Jan. 28 Support for the UK’s intent to accede to the Lugano Convention 2007 News and Communications
Jan. 27 Generic Parole Process Policy Framework Guidance and Regulation
Jan. 24 Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements review Policy and Engagement
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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
16 Jan 2020, 2:27 p.m. Young Offenders: Criminal Records Bim Afolami

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of criminal records acquired by minors on their life opportunities.

Answer (Wendy Morton)

We believe that that children who offend should have the opportunity to learn from their mistakes and move ahead positively with their lives while ensuring ensure the public are adequately protected.

The criminal records disclosure regime is designed to help employers make informed recruitment decisions through the disclosure of appropriate and relevant information, particularly for roles involving children and vulnerable adults.

We have noted the Supreme Court judgment in P and others and my department is working closely with the Home Office to reform the existing regime.

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