Secretary of State for Justice (UK)

The secretary of state for justice, also referred to as the justice secretary, is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom, with responsibility for the Ministry of Justice. The incumbent is a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. Since the office's inception, the incumbent has concurrently been appointed Lord Chancellor.

Secretary of State
for Justice
Incumbent
Dominic Raab
since 25 October 2022
Ministry of Justice
Style
Status
Member of
Reports toThe Prime Minister
SeatWestminster
AppointerThe Crown
on advice of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderThe Lord Falconer
Formation9 May 2007
DeputyMinister of State for Justice
Websitewww.justice.gov.uk

The office holder works alongside the other justice ministers. The corresponding shadow minister is the shadow secretary of state for justice, and the performance of the secretary of state is also scrutinised by the Justice Select Committee.[1]

The current justice secretary is Dominic Raab who was appointed by Rishi Sunak on 25 October 2022.[2]

Responsibilities

Corresponding to what is generally known as a justice minister in many other countries, the justice secretary's remit includes:

Creation

The then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Justice when it was created in 2007. The office of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs was abolished, along with the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The home secretary, John Reid, told Parliament that future secretaries of state for justice would be MPs rather than peers.

List of Secretaries of State

Secretary of State Term of office Political party Government
[[Charlie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton|Charlie Falconer
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]][4]
9 May 2007 28 June 2007 Labour Blair III
Jack Straw[n 1][5]
MP for Blackburn
28 June 2007 6 May 2010 Brown
Kenneth Clarke[6]
MP for Rushcliffe
12 May 2010 6 September 2012 Conservative Cameron–Clegg

(Con.-L.D.)

Chris Grayling[7]
MP for Epsom and Ewell
6 September 2012 8 May 2015
Michael Gove[8]
MP for Surrey Heath
8 May 2015 14 July 2016 Cameron II
Liz Truss[9]
MP for South West Norfolk
14 July 2016 11 June 2017 May I
David Lidington[10][11]
MP for Aylesbury
11 June 2017 8 January 2018 May II
David Gauke[12]
MP for South West Hertfordshire
8 January 2018 24 July 2019
Robert Buckland[13]
MP for South Swindon
24 July 2019 15 September 2021 Johnson I
Johnson II
Dominic Raab[14]
MP for Esher and Walton
15 September 2021 6 September 2022
Brandon Lewis
MP for Great Yarmouth
6 September 2022 25 October 2022 Truss
Dominic Raab
MP for Esher and Walton
25 October 2022 Present Sunak

See also

Notes

  1. First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since Sir Robert Henley as Lord Keeper of the Seal in 1760.

References

  1. "Michael Gove questioned on work of Secretary of State". parliament.uk. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2021. The Justice Committee holds a one-off session with Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, on the work of the Secretary of State for Justice.
  2. Twitter https://twitter.com/10downingstreet/status/1584924178154668033. Retrieved 25 October 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice". gov.uk.
  4. "Lord Falconer of Thoroton". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  5. "Rt Hon Jack Straw". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  6. "Lord Clarke of Nottingham". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  7. "Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  8. "Rt Hon Michael Gove MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  9. "Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  10. "Rt Hon Sir David Lidington". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  11. "The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE". GOV.UK.
  12. "Rt Hon David Gauke". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  13. "Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  14. "Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
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