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
Wendy Morton MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)
Chris Philp MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

6 Nov 2019, 12:27 p.m.
Work will continue through the pre-election period but our digital channels will be quieter than usual. Here's why👇 https://t.co/AZHYCQdE1Y - Link
5 Nov 2019, 11:28 a.m.
Did you know that @HMCTSgovuk has issued more than 100,000 civil money claims online? The digital system makes it quicker & easier for people to: ➡️issue ➡️respond to ➡️settle …claims of up to £10,000. It’s part of making justice easier to access. 👉 https://t.co/PRuWJMzKjL https://t.co/2t8ZHN86W5 - 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
Oct. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 08 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Nov. 04 Written Statements Judicial Conduct Investigations Office: Annual Report
Oct. 08 Westminster Hall Procedure for Appointing Judges
May. 01 Adjournment Debate Children’s Funeral Fund
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Ministry of Justice Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-20 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 15 Oct 2019, 10:14 a.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before Dissolution. 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.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-20 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
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] 2017-19 Carry-over motion (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 5 September, 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 2019-20 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
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 3 months, 4 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 6 months, 1 week 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


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
5 Nov 2019, 5:07 p.m. Ministry of Justice: Honours Seema Malhotra

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.

Answer (Chris Philp)

The Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each honours list is available on GOV.UK as is a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients is published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/honours-recipients-by-ethnicity

Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors. We also publish the proportion of honours by independent committee on GOV.UK. The numbers of honours recipients in the Ministry of Justice are very small and vary from year to year. Releasing the requested data would identify the individuals and they have given permission for their data to be used for statistical purposes only.

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