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)

16 Oct 2019, 4:52 p.m.
October is Black History Month in the UK & it's been celebrated across the nation every year for nearly 40 years. We’re proud to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth and recognise the contributions of staff, not only @MoJGovUK but across the whole @UKCivilService. #BlackHistory | #BHM https://t.co/rHRtQsmUon - Link
16 Oct 2019, 9:12 a.m.
Keep up to date with how civil and commercial laws will change after #Brexit. Our guidance for legal professionals covers: ✅ Jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement ✅ Applicable law ✅ Choice of court Find out more: https://t.co/RVF9KH2eo0 https://t.co/QR03p2MAbL - 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
Oct. 01 Written Statements Sentencing and Release Framework
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.
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 16 Oct 2019, 11:30 a.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 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 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
Sentencing (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Bill [HL] 2017-19 to 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2019 2nd reading: House of Lords (no debate)

16 Oct 2019

16 Oct 2019, 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
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 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.

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 4 months, 2 weeks 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. 16 Lord Chancellor letter to the Chair of the SSRB News and Communications
Oct. 15 Draft Human Rights Act 1998 (Remedial) Order 2019 Policy paper
Oct. 15 Youth Resettlement HMIP action plan Policy paper
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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
8 Oct 2019, 4:28 p.m. Reoffenders Stephen McPartland

Question

What plans he has to help reduce reoffending.

Answer (Lucy Frazer)

This Government is committed to reducing reoffending by ensuring that all offenders have the tools they need to turn their backs on crime.

That is why we are focusing our efforts on supporting offenders to address any health and wellbeing issues; raise their levels of educations attainment and skills; get a job; and rebuild or reinforce their relationships.

We also know that a concerted cross-government effort is required to address reoffending. For example we recently entered into a National Partnership Agreement with the Department for Work and Pensions, to set out how departments will work together to improve offenders’ chances of securing work and integrate into the community on release from prison.

We know that in 39% of violent incidents victims believed alcohol was a factor. We are introducing an Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement, giving courts the power to impose a ban on drinking alcohol as part of a community order where alcohol was a factor in the offending.

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