Ministry of Justice (MoJ)

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is a government department in the United Kingdom responsible for a wide range of issues related to the administration of justice. The MOJ is responsible for overseeing the courts, prisons, and probation services, as well as certain aspects of legal aid and the regulation of legal professionals.

Some of the specific responsibilities of the MoJ include:

  • Administering the courts and tribunals system, including the management of court buildings and staff, and the development of court rules and procedures.
  • Managing the prison system, including the care and rehabilitation of prisoners, and the administration of parole and other release schemes.
  • Providing probation services and support for offenders released from prison, including supervision and rehabilitation programs.
  • Overseeing the provision of legal aid and the regulation of legal services.
  • Developing and implementing policies to reduce reoffending and improve public safety.

The MOJ also has a number of other responsibilities including: judicial appointments, managing the legal aid budget and policy, and certain aspects of the UK’s constitutional arrangements and international treaties.

The MOJ works closely with other government departments and agencies, such as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the Home Office, and the Department for Communities and Local Government, to ensure the effective operation of the criminal justice system and the protection of the public. The head of the department is the Secretary of State for Justice, which is currently appointed by the Prime Minister and accountable to the parliament.

The MoJ no longer regulates the activity of Claims Management Companies (CMC) in the UK.

CMCs are now regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher

Gaynor Haliday, Legal researcher