The Ministry of Justice is one of the largest government departments, employing around 76,000 people (including those in the Probation Service), with a budget of approximately £9 billion. Each year millions of people use our services across the UK - including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales. .
Our work spans criminal, civil and family justice, democracy and rights.
The Ministry of Justice works to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public. We also provide fair and simple routes to civil and family justice.
The Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons, probation services and attendance centres. We work in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime.
We are also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.