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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Kenny MacAskill (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Justice Team Member)
Daisy Cooper (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat 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
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)

2 Jul 2020, 12:34 p.m.
We’re calling for views from the legal sector, businesses and the judiciary on which UK courts should have the power to depart from retained EU case law in a consultation launched today. Find out more and have your say: - Link
28 Jun 2020, 9:16 a.m.
We're building 4 new prisons to: ⚖️ Improve rehabilitation 📈 Help local economies 🏗️ Support construction industry to invest & innovate Part of our £2.5bn plan to create 10k additional prison places. Delivering modern prisons & keeping the public safe. - 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
Jun. 09 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 09 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Jul. 01 Written Statements Courts and Tribunals: Recovery and Modernisation
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) 30 Jun 2020, 1:02 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 Committee Debate: 6th sitting: House of Commons 2 July, 2020 (1) (2) Committee stage: House of Commons

7 Jul 2020

3 Jul 2020, 12:41 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 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 25 June, 2020 26 Jun 2020, 12:07 p.m.
A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.

Ministry of Justice - Draft Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title
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
1 Jul 2020
In Force
2 Jul 2020
Ministry of Justice Secure Training Centre (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Rules temporarily modify the Secure Training Centre Rules 1998 (S.I. 1998/472) (“the STC Rules”). The modifications are in response to the effect of the coronavirus pandemic in Secure Training Centres and apply during a transmission control period.
30 Jun 2020
In Force
Not stated
Ministry of Justice Tribunal Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Rules make amendments to the various procedural rules which apply in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal. Some of the amendments made by these Rules are temporary, and rule 1(2) provides that that those amendments will expire on the same day as section 55(b) of the Coronavirus Act 2020.
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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 10 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, 1 month 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
3 Jul 2020, 2:20 p.m. Crimes of Violence and Homicide: Ethnic Groups Philip Davies


To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the ethnicity was of (a) the perpetrator and (b) the victim in each case of (i) grievous bodily harm/unlawful wounding, (ii) grievous bodily harm/wounding with intent and (iii) attempted murder in each of the last three years.

Answer (Alex Chalk)

The Ministry of Justice has published data on the number of prosecutions and convictions, including the ethnicity of the defendants, in England & Wales up to December 2019. This data is available here:

Principal offence proceedings and outcomes by Home Office offence code data tool

Select ‘Offence’ and search: (i) ‘8F Wound/ inflict grievous bodily harm without intent’, (ii) ‘5A Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm’ and (iii) ‘2 Attempted murder’. Open the field list (click anywhere on the table) then drag and drop the ‘Ethnicity’ variable from the ‘filters’ box into the ’rows’ box.

The total number of convictions for defendants of each ethnic group since 2013 will be shown in rows 39-44.

The Ministry of Justice does not hold information on victim characteristics unless specified in statute.

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