Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs (Iceland)

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The Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs (Icelandic: Dóms- og kirkjumálaráðherra) was the head of Ministry of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs which existed between 1 January 1970 and 1 October 2009. Before the Cabinet of Iceland Act no. 73/1969 took effect ministries in Iceland had not existed separately from the ministers.[1] Between 4 January 1917 and 1 January 1970 the minister responsible for justice was titled Minister of Justice and the minister responsible for ecclesiastical affairs was titled Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs. In cases were one person was responsible for both he or she was titled Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs. On 1 October 2009 the position became Minister of Justice and Human Rights (Icelandic: Dómsmála- og mannréttindaráðherra) and the ministry itself was also renamed accordingly. On 31 December 2010 the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights was merged with the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Local Government to form the Ministry of the Interior.

List of ministers[edit]

Minister of Justice (4 January 1917 – 1 January 1970)[edit]

Minister Took office Left office Duration Party Cabinet
1 Vertical placeholder.png Jón Magnússon
(1859–1926)
4 January 1917 7 March 1922 5 years, 2 months, 3 days
(1,888 days)
2 Sigurður Eggerz.jpg Sigurður Eggerz
(1875–1945)
7 March 1922 22 March 1924 2 years, 15 days
(746 days)
(1) Vertical placeholder.png Jón Magnússon
(1859–1926)
22 March 1924 23 June 1926 2 years, 3 months, 1 day
(823 days)
3 Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Guðmundsson
(1879–1937)
23 June 1926 28 August 1927 1 year, 2 months, 5 days
(431 days)
4 Vertical placeholder.png Jónas Jónsson
(1885–1968)
28 August 1927 20 April 1931 3 years, 7 months, 23 days
(1,331 days)
5 Vertical placeholder.png Tryggvi Þórhallsson
(1889–1935)
20 April 1931 20 August 1931 4 months
(122 days)
(4) Vertical placeholder.png Jónas Jónsson
(1885–1968)
20 August 1931 3 June 1932 9 months, 14 days
(288 days)
(3) Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Guðmundsson
(1879–1937)
3 June 1932 14 November 1932 5 months, 11 days
(164 days)
6 Olafur Thors.jpg Ólafur Thors
(1892–1964)
14 November 1932 23 December 1932 1 month, 9 days
(39 days)
IP
(3) Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Guðmundsson
(1879–1937)
23 December 1932 28 July 1934 1 year, 7 months, 5 days
(582 days)
7 Herman Jonassón.jpg Hermann Jónasson
(1896–1976)
28 July 1934 16 May 1942 7 years, 9 months, 18 days
(2,849 days)
PP
8 Vertical placeholder.png Jakob Möller
(1880–1955)
16 May 1942 16 December 1942 7 months
(214 days)
9 EinarArnorsson.jpg Einar Arnórsson
(1880–1955)
16 December 1942 21 September 1944 1 year, 9 months, 5 days
(645 days)
10 Vertical placeholder.png Björn Þórðarson
(1879–1963)
21 September 1944 21 October 1944 1 month
(30 days)
independent
11 Finnur Jónsson (early).jpg Finnur Jónsson
(1858–1934)
21 October 1944 4 February 1947 2 years, 3 months, 14 days
(836 days)
SDP
12 Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
4 February 1947 24 July 1956 9 years, 5 months, 20 days
(3,458 days)
IP
(7) Herman Jonassón.jpg Hermann Jónasson
(1896–1976)
24 July 1956 23 December 1958 2 years, 4 months, 29 days
(882 days)
PP
13 Vertical placeholder.png Friðjón Skarphéðinsson
(1909–1996)
23 December 1958 20 November 1959 10 months, 28 days
(332 days)
SDP
(12) Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
20 November 1959 14 November 1963 3 years, 11 months, 25 days
(1,455 days)
IP
14 Vertical placeholder.png Jóhann Hafstein
(1915–1980)
14 November 1963 1 January 1970 6 years, 1 month, 18 days
(2,240 days)
IP

Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs (4 January 1917 – 1 January 1970)[edit]

Minister Took office Left office Duration Party Cabinet
1 Vertical placeholder.png Jón Magnússon
(1859–1926)
4 January 1917 7 March 1922 5 years, 2 months, 3 days
(1,888 days)
2 Sigurður Eggerz.jpg Sigurður Eggerz
(1875–1945)
7 March 1922 22 March 1924 2 years, 15 days
(746 days)
(1) Vertical placeholder.png Jón Magnússon
(1859–1926)
22 March 1924 23 June 1926 2 years, 3 months, 1 day
(823 days)
3 Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Guðmundsson
(1879–1937)
23 June 1926 28 August 1927 1 year, 2 months, 5 days
(431 days)
4 Vertical placeholder.png Jónas Jónsson
(1885–1968)
28 August 1927 20 April 1931 3 years, 7 months, 23 days
(1,331 days)
5 Vertical placeholder.png Tryggvi Þórhallsson
(1889–1935)
20 April 1931 20 August 1931 4 months
(122 days)
(4) Vertical placeholder.png Jónas Jónsson
(1885–1968)
20 August 1931 3 June 1932 9 months, 14 days
(288 days)
(3) Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Guðmundsson
(1879–1937)
3 June 1932 23 June 1932 20 days
(20 days)
6 Vertical placeholder.png Þorsteinn Briem
(1885–1949)
23 June 1932 28 July 1934 2 years, 1 month, 5 days
(765 days)
7 Herman Jonassón.jpg Hermann Jónasson
(1896–1976)
28 July 1934 16 May 1942 7 years, 9 months, 18 days
(2,849 days)
PP
8 Vertical placeholder.png Magnús Jónsson
(1887–1958)
16 May 1942 16 December 1942 7 months
(214 days)
9 Vertical placeholder.png Björn Þórðarson
(1879–1963)
16 December 1942 21 October 1944 1 year, 10 months, 5 days
(675 days)
independent
10 Vertical placeholder.png Emil Jónsson
(1902–1986)
21 October 1944 4 February 1947 2 years, 3 months, 14 days
(836 days)
SDP
11 Vertical placeholder.png Eysteinn Jónsson
(1906–1993)
4 February 1947 6 December 1949 2 years, 10 months, 2 days
(1,036 days)
PP
12 Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
6 December 1949 14 March 1950 3 months, 8 days
(98 days)
IP
(7) Herman Jonassón.jpg Hermann Jónasson
(1896–1976)
14 March 1950 11 September 1953 3 years, 5 months, 28 days
(1,277 days)
PP
13 SteingrimurSteinthorsson.jpg Steingrímur Steinþórsson
(1893–1966)
11 September 1953 24 July 1956 2 years, 10 months, 13 days
(1,047 days)
PP
(7) Herman Jonassón.jpg Hermann Jónasson
(1896–1976)
24 July 1956 23 December 1958 2 years, 4 months, 29 days
(882 days)
PP
14 Vertical placeholder.png Friðjón Skarphéðinsson
(1909–1996)
23 December 1958 20 November 1959 10 months, 28 days
(332 days)
SDP
(12) Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
20 November 1959 14 September 1961 1 year, 9 months, 25 days
(664 days)
IP
15 Vertical placeholder.png Jóhann Hafstein
(1915–1980)
14 September 1961 31 December 1961 3 months, 17 days
(108 days)
IP
(12) Vertical placeholder.png Bjarni Benediktsson
(1908–1970)
31 December 1961 14 November 1963 1 year, 10 months, 14 days
(683 days)
IP
(15) Vertical placeholder.png Jóhann Hafstein
(1915–1980)
14 November 1963 1 January 1970 6 years, 1 month, 18 days
(2,240 days)
IP

Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs (1 January 1970 – 1 October 2009)[edit]

Minister Took office Left office Duration Party Cabinet
1 Vertical placeholder.png Jóhann Hafstein
(1915–1980)
1 January 1970 10 October 1970 9 months, 9 days
(282 days)
IP Bjarni Benediktsson
Jóhann Hafstein
2 Vertical placeholder.png Auður Auðuns
(1911–1999)
10 October 1970 14 July 1971 9 months, 4 days
(277 days)
IP Jóhann Hafstein
3 Vertical placeholder.png Ólafur Jóhannesson
(1913–1984)
14 July 1971 1 September 1978 7 years, 1 month, 18 days
(2,606 days)
PP Ólafur Jóhannesson I
Geir Hallgrímsson
4 Vertical placeholder.png Steingrímur Hermannsson
(1928–2010)
1 September 1978 15 October 1979 1 year, 1 month, 14 days
(409 days)
PP Ólafur Jóhannesson II
5 Vertical placeholder.png Vilmundur Gylfason
(1948–1983)
15 October 1979 8 February 1980 3 months, 24 days
(116 days)
SDP Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal
6 Vertical placeholder.png Friðjón Þórðarson
(1923–2009)
8 February 1980 26 May 1983 3 years, 3 months, 18 days
(1,203 days)
IP Gunnar Thoroddsen
7 Vertical placeholder.png Jón Helgason
(1931–)
26 May 1983 8 July 1987 4 years, 1 month, 12 days
(1,504 days)
PP Steingrímur Hermannsson I
8 Vertical placeholder.png Jón Sigurðsson
(1941–)
8 July 1987 28 September 1988 1 year, 2 months, 20 days
(448 days)
SDP Þorsteinn Pálsson
9 Islands statsminister Halldor Asgrimsson.jpg Halldór Ásgrímsson
(1947–)
28 September 1988 10 September 1989 11 months, 13 days
(347 days)
PP Steingrímur Hermannsson II
10 Vertical placeholder.png Óli Þorbjörn Guðbjartsson
(1935–)
10 September 1989 30 April 1991 1 year, 7 months, 20 days
(597 days)
CP Steingrímur Hermannsson III
11 Thorsteinn Palsson.JPG Þorsteinn Pálsson
(1947–)
30 April 1991 11 May 1999 8 years, 11 days
(2,933 days)
IP Davíð Oddsson I
Davíð Oddsson II
12 David Oddsson.jpg Davíð Oddsson
(1948–)
11 May 1999 28 May 1999 17 days
(17 days)
IP Davíð Oddsson II
13 Vertical placeholder.png Sólveig Guðrún Pétursdóttir
(1952–)
28 May 1999 23 May 2003 3 years, 11 months, 25 days
(1,456 days)
IP Davíð Oddsson III
14 BjBja.jpg Björn Bjarnason
(1944–)
23 May 2003 1 February 2009 5 years, 8 months, 9 days
(2,081 days)
IP Davíð Oddsson IV
Halldór Ásgrímsson
Geir Haarde I
Geir Haarde II
15 Vertical placeholder.png Ragna Árnadóttir
(1966–)
1 February 2009 independent Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir I
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir II

Minister of Justice and Human Rights (1 October 2009 – 31 December 2010)[edit]

Minister Took office Left office Duration Party Cabinet
(15) Vertical placeholder.png Ragna Árnadóttir
(1966–)
2 September 2010 1 year, 7 months, 1 day
(578 days)
independent Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir II
16 Ögmundur Jónasson.jpg Ögmundur Jónasson
(1948–)
2 September 2010 31 December 2010 3 months, 29 days
(120 days)
LGM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir II

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