Ministry of Security and Justice (Netherlands)

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Ministry of Security and Justice
Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie
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Ministry of Security and Justice
Department overview
Formed March 12, 1798; 216 years ago (1798-03-12)
Jurisdiction Kingdom of the Netherlands
Headquarters Schedeldoekshaven 100, The Hague, Netherlands
Employees 30,000
Annual budget €9,8 billion (2013)[1]
Minister responsible Ivo Opstelten, Minister of Security and Justice
Deputy Minister responsible Fred Teeven, State Secretary for Security and Justice
Website Ministry of Security and Justice
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The Ministry of Security and Justice (Dutch: Ministerie van Veiligheid en Justitie; VenJ) is the Dutch Ministry responsible for Justice and Public safety. The Ministry was created in 1798 as the Department of Justice and in 1876 became the Ministry of Justice, in 2010 it has taken over the Public safety duties from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and became Ministry of Security and Justice. The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Security and Justice, currently Ivo Opstelten.

Responsibilities[edit]

The Ministry has the legal tasks of:

  • providing workable legislation for the public, the government and the courts;
  • preventing crime, in order to build a safer society;
  • protecting youth and children;
  • enforcing the law, in order to build a safer society;
  • providing independent, accessible and effective administration of justice and legal aid;
  • providing support to the victims of crime;
  • providing fair, consistent and effective enforcement of punishment and other sanctions;
  • regulating immigration into the Netherlands.

It is also responsible for the coordination of counter-terrorism policy.

Because it shares so many responsibilities, and the same building, with the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, they are sometimes called the twin ministries.

Organisation[edit]

The ministry is currently headed by one minister and one State Secretary. It employs almost 30,000 civil servants, located at the ministry in the Hague and all around the Netherlands. The ministry's main office is located in the centre of the Hague in the same building as the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. The civil service is headed by a secretary-general and a deputy secretary-general, who head a system of three directorates-general:

  • The Directorate-General for Legislation, International Affairs and Immigration
  • The Directorate-General for Prevention, Youth and Sanctions
  • The Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice and Law Enforcement

The Board of Procurators General (in Dutch: Raad van Procureurs-Generaal) which heads the Public Prosecution Service (in Dutch: Openbaar Ministerie, OM) is a relatively independent organisation which forms part of the Judiciary and prosecutes persons suspected of breaking the law.

The Netherlands Forensic Institute is an autonomous division of the Ministry of Justice, falling under the Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice and Law Enforcement.

The Custodial Institutions Agency is an agency of the ministry.

List of Ministers of (Security and) Justice[edit]

For full list, see List of Ministers of Security and Justice of the Netherlands. (Dutch)

Minister of Justice Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(also Prime Minister 1940–42)
August 10, 1939 –
February 21, 1942
ARP Dirk Jan de Geer
(De Geer II)
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Johannes van Angeren February 21, 1942 –
July 11, 1944[Res]
RKSP Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy II)
Netherlands politic personality icon.svg Gerrit Jan van Heuven Goedhart July 11, 1944 –
February 23, 1945
Indep.
Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(also Prime Minister)
February 23, 1945 –
June 24, 1945
ARP Pieter Sjoerds Gerbrandy
(Gerbrandy III)
Hans Kolfschoten Hans Kolfschoten June 24, 1945 –
July 3, 1946
KVP Wim Schermerhorn
(Schermerhorn-Drees)
Johannes Henricus van Maarseveen Johannes Henricus van Maarseveen July 3, 1946 –
August 7, 1948
KVP Louis Beel
(Beel I)
René Wijers René Wijers August 6, 1948 –
May 15, 1950[Res]
KVP Willem Drees
(Drees-Van Schaik)
Johannes Henricus van Maarseveen Johannes Henricus van Maarseveen
(ad interim, as
Minister of Colonial Affairs)
May 15, 1950 –
July 10, 1950
KVP
Teun Struycken Teun Struycken July 10, 1950 –
March 15, 1951
KVP
Hendrik Mulderije Hendrik Mulderije March 15, 1951 –
September 2, 1952
CHU Willem Drees
(Drees I)
Leendert Antonie Donker Leendert Antonie Donker September 2, 1952 –
February 4, 1956[Died]
PvdA Willem Drees
(Drees II)
Louis Beel Louis Beel
(ad interim, as
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of the Interior)
February 4, 1956 –
February 15, 1956
KVP
Julius Christiaan van Oven Julius Christiaan van Oven February 15, 1956 –
October 13, 1956
PvdA
Ivo Samkalden Ivo Samkalden October 13, 1956 –
December 22, 1958
PvdA Willem Drees
(Drees III)
Teun Struycken Teun Struycken
(ad interim, as
Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of the Interior)
December 22, 1958 –
May 19, 1959
KVP Louis Beel
(Beel II)
A.C.W. Beerman A. C. W. Beerman May 19, 1959 –
July 24, 1963
CHU Jan de Quay
(De Quay)
Ynso Scholten Ynso Scholten July 24, 1963 –
April 14, 1965
CHU Victor Marijnen
(Marijnen)
Ivo Samkalden Ivo Samkalden April 14, 1965 –
November 22, 1966
PvdA Jo Cals
(Cals)
Teun Struycken Teun Struycken November 22, 1966 –
April 5, 1967
KVP Jelle Zijlstra
(Zijlstra)
Carel Polak Carel Polak April 5, 1967 –
July 6, 1971
VVD Piet de Jong
(De Jong)
Dries van Agt Dries van Agt
(also Deputy Prime Minister 1973–77)
July 6, 1971 –
September 8, 1977[Res]
KVP Barend Biesheuvel
(Biesheuvel III)
Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman Wilhelm Friedrich de Gaay Fortman
(also Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of the Interior)
September 8, 1977 –
December 19, 1977
ARP Joop den Uyl
(Den Uyl)
Job de Ruiter Job de Ruiter December 19, 1977 –
November 4, 1982
ARP
CDA
Dries van Agt
(Van Agt IIIIII)
Frits Korthals Altes Frits Korthals Altes November 4, 1982 –
November 7, 1989
VVD Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Ernst Hirsch Ballin Ernst Hirsch Ballin
(also Minister of the Interior
Jan. 10–Jan. 18, 1994)
November 7, 1989 –
May 27, 1994[Res]
CDA Ruud Lubbers
(Lubbers III)
Aad Kosto Aad Kosto May 27, 1994 –
August 22, 1994
PvdA
Winnie Sorgdrager Winnie Sorgdrager August 22, 1994 –
August 3, 1998
D66 Wim Kok
(Kok I)
Benk Korthals Benk Korthals August 3, 1998 –
July 22, 2002
VVD Wim Kok
(Kok II)
Piet Hein Donner Piet Hein Donner July 22, 2002 –
September 21, 2006[Res]
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIIII)
Rita Verdonk Rita Verdonk
(ad interim)
September 21, 2006 –
September 22, 2006
VVD Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende III)
Ernst Hirsch Ballin Ernst Hirsch Ballin
(also Minister of the Interior
Feb. 23–Oct. 14, 2010)
September 22, 2006 –
October 14, 2010
CDA Jan Peter Balkenende
(Balkenende IIIIV)
Minister of Security
and Justice
Term of office Party Prime Minister
(Cabinet)
Ivo Opstelten Ivo Opstelten October 14, 2010 – VVD Mark Rutte
(Rutte III)
Res. Resigned.
Died Died in office.

Living former Ministers of (Security and) Justice[edit]

Minister of (Security and) Justice Term Age
Dries van Agt 1971-1977 (1931-02-02) February 2, 1931 (age 83)
Job de Ruiter 1977-1982 (1930-04-30) April 30, 1930 (age 84)
Frits Korthals Altes 1982-1989 (1931-05-15) May 15, 1931 (age 83)
Ernst Hirsch Ballin 1989-1994, 2006-2010 (1950-12-15) December 15, 1950 (age 63)
Aad Kosto 1994 (1938-01-09) January 9, 1938 (age 76)
Winnie Sorgdrager 1994-1998 (1948-04-06) April 6, 1948 (age 66)
Benk Korthals 1998-2002 (1944-10-05) October 5, 1944 (age 69)
Piet Hein Donner 2002-2006 (1948-10-20) October 20, 1948 (age 65)
Rita Verdonk 2006 (1955-10-18) October 18, 1955 (age 58)
Ivo Opstelten 2010- (1944-01-31) January 31, 1944 (age 70)

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Dutch) VI Veiligheid en Justitie, Rijksoverheid, September 18, 2012

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