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- About us
The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest government departments, with around 95,000 people (including probation services) and a budget of £9.2 billion.
- Access keys
Access keys are designed to help users who may have difficulty using pointing devices.
These pages are here to help you get the best from our website. In this section you will find guidance on access keys available, hearing our website with screenreaders
- Acting returning officers' guidance
The Electoral Commission website has guidance notes for acting returning officers in England and Wales on their duties and responsibilities from the issue of the election writ, to after the declaration of the result.
We are responsible for implementing the following Acts of Parliament.
- Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity
The Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity was established in April 2009.
- All News
- All News
News releases, announcements and major ministerial speeches for April 2009.
- Arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) and the operation of certain police powers under PACE (NS)
The latest National Statistics on arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) and the operation of certain police powers under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE).
- Average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders (NS)
National Statistics on the time taken to bring persistent young offenders to justice.
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An A to Z index of corporate information
- A-Z of consultations
We are responsible for the following draft Bills and Bills before Parliament.
- Burial and cemeteries advisory group
The burial and cemeteries advisory group was set up to use the collective expertise of the industry to provide advice and information for burial authorities, the public and government.
- Burial grounds: the results of a survey of burial grounds in England and Wales
A survey of burial grounds in England and Wales undertaken in 2006.
Burial grounds, memorials and the burial and exhumation of human remains are regulated under burial legislation in the interests of public health and the decent and respectful treatment of the dead.
- Care proceedings reform
Practice Direction Public Law Proceedings Guide to Case Management: April 2010
Circulars issued to inform the public and stakeholders about changes in legislation and their commencement dates.
- Civil procedure rule committee
The Civil Procedure Rule Committee is an advisory non-departmental public body set up under the Civil Procedure Act 1997 to make rules of court for the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the County Courts.
- Civil procedure rules
The civil procedure rules make up a procedural code whose overriding aim is to enable the courts to deal with cases justly.
- Consultations - Closed awaiting response
- Consultations - Closed with response
We are responsible for general government policy on cohabitation.
- Company winding up and bankruptcy petition statistics (NS)
Quarterly National Statistics on insolvency proceedings issued in the county courts and High Court for both individuals (bankruptcy petitions) and businesses (company winding up petitions) in England and Wales.
- Contact us
How to contact the Ministry of Justice
Guidance for coroners on reports to prevent future deaths and on the supply of information concerning the death of children.
- Coroners: statistics on deaths reported (NS)
Annual National Statistics on deaths reported to coroners, including inquests and post-mortems held, inquest verdicts returned and finds reported to coroners under treasure legislation.
Our strategy documents, annual reports, spending reviews and equality schemes.
- Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act introduces a new offence, across the UK.
- Court statistics (quarterly)
Quarterly statistics on criminal and civil courts in England and Wales for whose administration the Ministry of Justice is responsible.
The Cremation Regulations 2008 come into effect on 1 January 2009. They modernise and consolidate all previous regulations, replacing the Cremation Regulations 1930 as amended.
- Criminal justice system performance information
Quarterly statistical bulletin on the performance of the criminal justice system in line with Public Service Agreement indicators for local criminal justice boards in England and Wales.
- Criminal procedure rule committee
The Criminal Procedure Rule Committee is responsible for modernising court procedure and practice and making the Criminal Procedure Rules.
- Criminal procedure rules
The criminal procedure rules give courts explicit powers to actively manage the preparation of criminal cases waiting to be heard, to get rid of unfair and avoidable delays.
- Criminal statistics annual report (NS)
The latest National Statistics release on annual criminal statistics in England and Wales.
- Consultations - Open
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- Data protection
Guidance for professionals and practitioners on application of the Data Protection Act 1998.
- Dealing with a request
This guidance gives detailed advice to public authorities on how to process requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act
- Democracy and constitution
The way our country is governed reflects our society and its values. Democratic principles run through all areas of our lives, guaranteeing our rights and freedoms and giving every citizen say in decision-making and elections.
This devolution guidance is for government officials who work with the devolved administrations.
Guidance for electoral administrators including electoral modernisation pilots and acting returning offers guidance.
- Elections: how to vote
Information on how to vote in the general election.
- Electoral registration data standards
Guidance for electoral registration officers on standards for the formatting of names, dates of birth and addresses in electoral registers.
- EU funding guidance
Guidance for non-profit organisations on applying for European Union grants under its fundamental rights and justice programme.
- EU funding
We are responsible for helping non-profit organisations – such as NGOs, academics, legal practitioners and other civil society groups – apply for EU funding under its fundamental rights and justice programme.
- European parliamentary elections (June 2009)
Guidance for regional returning officers on their roles and responsibilities in the European parliamentary elections and expenses guidance and forms.
- Exemptions guidance
This guidance summarises the government's view and will be regularly reviewed and updated to reflect legal and policy developments.
- Family procedure (adoption) rules
The family procedure rules will, when fully implemented, be a single set of rules for all family proceedings in the high court, county courts and magistrates courts.
- Family procedure rule committee
The family procedure rule committee is a non-departmental public body set up under the Courts Act 2003 to make rules of court for use in family proceedings.
- Flu pandemic guidance
Guidance for coroners, planners and justice system agencies in the event of a flu pandemic in England and Wales.
- Forced marriage
Guidance for local authorities on applying for forced marriage protection orders and information for other agencies.
- Forms of address
Guidance on how to address ministers, the judiciary, peers and members of parliament verbally and in writing.
- Freedom of information guidance
Guidance and resources to help those who work in central government, or other public authorities, to deal with freedom of information requests.
- Freedom of information
How to make a freedom of information request, view information already released and make a request for personal data.
- Freedom of information guidance for local government
Guidance for local authorities on publishing freedom of information data.
- Freedom of information policy
We are responsible for freedom of information policy in the UK.
- Freedom of information: statistics on implementation in central government
Statistics on handling of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act by over 40 central government bodies, including all departments of state.
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Guidance for members of the judiciary, legal practitioners and other interested professionals which covers a wide range of policy areas, including freedom of information, elections and human rights.
- Guidance notes
The devolution guidance notes (DGNs) set out advice on working arrangements between the UK government and the devolved administrations.
- Guide for officials
This leaflet provides an easy guide to what officials should and shouldn't do when dealing with the devolved administrations. This guide was updated on 17 February 2006.
- Guide to fees
Detailed fees guidance is available in the procedural guidance under fees and aggregation.
- Hearing our website
If you are using a screen reader, we hope you will benefit from our use of meaningful headings, link text and alternative text to navigate our websites.
- Her Majesty's Courts Service
Providing administration of the civil, family and criminal courts in England and Wales.
- Human rights
The ministry is carrying out an assessment of the human rights guidance for public authorities. If you have used the guidance we would welcome your views.
- Independent reviews
Independent reviews from across the Ministry of Justice
- Information released
Information released under the Freedom of Information Act.
- Integrated offender management
Integrated offender management is a system that provides all agencies engaged in local criminal justice partnerships with a single coherent structure for the management of repeat offenders.
We promote the interests of the UK government in the EU, the Council of Europe and other international forums, in matters of criminal, civil and family justice, data protection, human rights and democratic engagement.
- International family law
International family law policy aims to create a clear, coherent, cost-effective and accessible system of private law rights and responsibilities in relation to cross-border family disputes.
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Any person applying for a post in the Ministry of Justice must meet the following requirements:
- Judicial and court statistics (annual)
Statistics on criminal and civil courts, the judiciary and some associated offices in England and Wales for whose administration the Ministry of Justice is responsible.
- Keeling schedules
A keeling schedule is a document that shows significant amendments to previous legislation.
- Knife crime sentencing quarterly brief
Quarterly statistics on trends in cautioning and sentencing, probation supervision and prison population for possession of a knife or offensive weapon in England and Wales.
- Legal services consultative panel
The legal services consultative panel was responsible for providing the Secretary of State with advice about legal services, legal education and related matters.
We are responsible for the following Bills and Acts.
- Licence recalls and returns to custody
Quarterly statistics on the numbers of offenders recalled back to prison and later returned or not returned to custody.
- Local adult reoffending
Latest statistics on the reoffending of adults on the probation caseload.
- Local and regional elections
We are responsible for how elections and local elections in England and Wales take place, including electoral registration and electoral modernisation.
- Local variations in sentencing in England and Wales
This study describes geographic variation in custodial sentencing in England and Wales for the period 2003 to 2006, and the possible reasons for it.
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- May 2006 election pilots
Along with the Electoral Commission, the Association of Electoral Administrators and local authorities, we facilitated electoral modernisation pilot schemes in the May 2006 local elections.
- May 2007 electoral modernisation pilots and statutory orders
On 29 January 2007, 13 local authorities were approved to take part in 12 electoral pilot schemes for the May 2007 local elections.
- Memorandum of understanding
The memorandum of understanding sets out principles which underlie relations between the UK government and the devolved administrations.
- Mentally disordered offenders - policy and contact information
Our aim is to protect the public from the reoffending by mentally disordered offenders. We do this by carefully monitoring restricted patients detained in hospital or discharged into the community.
- Mentally disordered offenders - guidance and forms
Guidance and forms for those working with mentally disordered offenders (restricted patients).
- Mortgage and landlord possession statistics (NS)
Quarterly National Statistics on possession actions issued in county courts by mortgage lenders and social and private landlords in England and Wales.
- National Offender Management Service
Providing administration of correctional services in England and Wales through Her Majesty's Prison Service and the Probation Service.
- NOMS performance ratings
Performance ratings of prisons and probation areas and trusts.
- Our agencies and organisations
Key organisations include:
- Our management board
The corporate management board is chaired by the Permanent Secretary. It provides direction to the management of all Ministry of Justice operations and acts to protect and enhance the reputation of the department.
- Our ministers
Biographical details and responsibilities of the ministerial team.
- Our responsibilities
Our broad areas of responsibility in alphabetical order. Each area includes contact details, links to related sites, services, publications, reports and speeches.
- Our strategy
We have four Departmental Strategic Objectives. These are the main outcomes we will deliver for the public and, by doing so, we will accomplish our purpose - to create a safe, just and democratic society.
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- Parliamentary Standards Act 2009
An Act to create an independent, transparent and robust system for the regulation of MPs’ allowances and the registration of financial interests.
- Pathways to justice
The justice system is an important public service. We are all likely to come into contact with it at some point in our lives, because we have been a witness or victim of crime, to protect and enforce our rights or to settle disputes.
- Penalty notices for disorder
We are responsible for the policy on penalty notices for disorder.
- Pleural plaques former claimants payments scheme
This page has the latest information about the scheme that may make payments to those who had begun, but not resolved, legal claims for compensation for pleural plaques before a Law Lords ruling in October 2007.
Major reports and reviews on a wide range of policy issues, as well as green papers, white papers and government responses to parliamentary committee reports on major policy reviews.
- Population in custody
Monthly statistics on the population in custody, with figures on the population in prison establishments, police cells, secure children's homes and secure training centres.
- Press office
Press Office opening hours and contact details
- Prison population projections (NS)
The latest National Statistics on prison population projections.
- Procedural guidance
This guidance provides detailed advice to officials on how to process requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act.
- Procedure rules
Civil, Criminal and Family (adoption) procedure rules and their related practice directions.
- Protecting the public
We manage offenders from the point at which they are charged to the end of their sentence, providing supervision and support as they are reintegrated into society.
Latest publications from across the organisation
- Race and the criminal justice system
The publication reports statistical information on the representation of black and minority ethnic groups as suspects, offenders and victims within the criminal justice system and on employees within criminal justice agencies.
- Rates and scales in respect of defendants' costs orders
Rates and scales for defendants' costs orders from central funds in criminal cases.
- Referral orders
Guidance for youth offending teams, community panel members and the courts on referral orders for young offenders.
- Regulatory offences
Guidance for government departments and agencies on creating new regulatory penalties and offences.
Publications and follow-up reports on our regular research programme, as well as any special projects that we initiate.
- RSS feeds
News feeds allow you to see when websites have added new content.
- Rules for mandatory polygraph tests for sex offenders
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- What we do
The role of the Ministry of Justice
- Women and the criminal justice system
A summary report bringing together statistics produced by a range of agencies relating to the experience of women within the criminal justice system.
- Working assumptions
The following 'working assumptions' are intended to assist central government officials in considering how to handle requests for certain types of information.
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- Your personal data
If you want to ask whether we hold any personal details on you, please note the following: