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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)
Richard Burgon (Labour)
Shadow Lord Chancellor and Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice)
Shadow Ministers
Imran Hussain (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)
Yasmin Qureshi (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Justice)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

6 Apr 2020, 5:09 p.m.
We're continuing to make changes to provide essential support to victims of domestic abuse during the #coronavirus pandemic. If you're applying for a domestic violence injunction as an unrepresented applicant, please read our updated guidance: https://t.co/FjKca24l7N #COVID_19 https://t.co/Lq1UQgankq - Link
5 Apr 2020, 12:02 p.m.
For support services in your local area visit our Victim and Witness Information website: https://t.co/L9XXIGG21H @NAPAC @RapeCrisisEandW @SafelineOrg @SurvivorsUK @RespectUK @KNFMHBV - 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
Feb. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Feb. 25 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Jul. 24 Urgent Questions Feltham A Young Offenders Institution
Mar. 24 Written Statements UK’s National Preventive Mechanism: Annual Report
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Prison Staff: Health and Safety
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 Bill [HL] 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 5 March, 2020 18 Mar 2020, 8:10 p.m.
A Bill to consolidate certain enactments relating to sentencing.
Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill 2019-20 2nd reading: House of Commons 11 February, 2020 12 Feb 2020, 11:14 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.
Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill [HL] 2019-21 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 17 March, 2020 3 Apr 2020, 5:05 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.
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] 2019-20 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 11 February, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

25 Feb 2020

12 Feb 2020, 9:26 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
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-20 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 5 February, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

3 Mar 2020

12 Feb 2020, 9:55 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 2019-19 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
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill [HL] 2019-21 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 25 Mar 2020, 12:20 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] 2019-21 2nd reading: House of Commons (no debate) 19 Mar 2020, 4:59 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 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 3 March, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

28 Apr 2020

26 Mar 2020, 3:09 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.
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
Terrorist Offenders (Restriction of Early Release) Bill 2019-20 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 13 February, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

24 Feb 2020

14 Feb 2020, 8:52 a.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.
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.
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.
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 7 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.

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 10 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 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
6 Apr 2020, 4:58 p.m. Tribunals: Personal Independence Payment Baroness Thomas of Winchester

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to address the reported backlog of Personal Independence Payments tribunal claims.

Answer (Lord Keen of Elie)

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has been working with the Tribunal’s judiciary both to appoint additional judges and panel members and to list more Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals into each tribunal session. Case-management “triage” sessions have also been introduced, with the aim of reducing the time taken for appeals to reach final determination. In addition, HMCTS has recently launched a new digital service with a view to enabling speedier processing of appeals.

All these measures have the aim of increasing the capacity of the Tribunal and reducing the time taken to deal with PIP appeals. The number of PIP appeals outstanding in the latest period for which data are available shows a decrease of 13% when compared to the same period in 2018.

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