11 Apr 2007
Lord Chancellor promises effective justice system with establishment of UK Ministry of Justice
A Ministry of Justice, which will bring together Her Majesty’s Courts Service, the Tribunals Service and the current responsibilities of the Department for Constitutional Affairs with National Offender Management Services, will be established in the UK next month.
According to the Lord Chancellor, the Ministry of Justice will improve the ability of the justice system to serve the public in civil, family and criminal courts or through the tribunals service. Among other aspects, the Ministry will have complete departmental oversight of civil justice.
Lord Falconer says: “This change builds on the Government’s constitutional reforms which abolished the Lord Chancellor’s Department and created a Department for Constitutional Affairs which focused on the public rather than the providers…… For the first time, we will have in a single organisation the policy and delivery levers needed to provide a first class service to the public and give them the justice system they demand and deserve. It will be our task to deliver a justice system that is effective and respected by all who experience it.”
A copy of the Written Ministerial Statement announcing the move can be found at - http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/page1.asp