Ministry of Justice (Sweden)

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Ministry of Justice
Justitiedepartementet
Agency overview
Formed 1840 (1840)[1]
Ministers responsible Morgan Johansson
Anders Ygeman
Website www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/584
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The Ministry of Justice (Swedish: Justitiedepartementet) is a Cabinet-level ministry in the Government of Sweden with responsibility for legislation.[clarification needed] The ministry is responsible for the Swedish legal system in Constitution and general administrative law, civil law, procedural law and criminal law. The Ministry of Justice also handles matters relating to democratic issues, human rights, integration and minority issues, metropolitan affairs, sports issues and non-governmental organisations.[citation needed] The Ministry is located in the government chancellery Rosenbad.

Areas of responsibility[edit]

  • Consumer affairs
  • Criminal matters
  • Democracy issues
  • International Judicial Cooperation
  • Judicial system[clarification needed]
  • Legislation[clarification needed]
  • Migration and asylum policy
  • Strategy to meet the threat of terrorism
  • Transparency in the EU

Organisation[edit]

The Ministry of Justice is headed by the Minister for Justice Beatrice Ask. Tobias Billström is the Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy. The political executive also includes the state secretaries, the political advisers and the press secretaries.

Other senior officials are the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, three Directors-General for Legal Affairs, the Director-General for International Affairs, the Director of Planning, the Administrative Director, the Head of Personnel and the Head of Information.

Below the executive level, the Ministry is divided into 21 divisions.

Ministers[edit]

The present Minister for Justice is Beatrice Ask, who is also head of the ministry. Tobias Billström is minister for migration and asylum policy while Nyamko Sabuni is minister for integration and gender equality. Sabuni is slated to become head of the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality when it is created in the autumn of 2006.

European Union[edit]

European Union-related issues are closely related to the work of the Ministry of Justice. Four areas in particular stand out; judicial and domestic issues (police and judicial cooperation in penal law, judicial cooperation in civil law), internal market issues (e.g. patents, copyright and company law), openness (public access to official documents), and discrimination (equal treatment).[2]

Government agencies[edit]

The Ministry of Justice is principal for the following government agencies:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justitiedepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ministry of Justice - EU work

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