Puerto Rico Department of Justice

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Department of Justice of Puerto Rico
Agency overview
FormedJuly 25, 1952; 66 years ago (1952-07-25)
JurisdictionExecutive Branch
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Agency executive
Child agency
Key document

The Department of Justice of Puerto Rico (DOJ) —Spanish: Departamento de Justicia de Puerto Rico— is the executive department of the government of Puerto Rico responsible for the enforcement of Puerto Rican law and the administration of justice. The Department is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. The Department is headed by the Secretary of Justice of Puerto Rico and has been in existence in one form or another since Puerto Rico was a Spanish colony.[citation needed] The current agency was created by the Constitution of Puerto Rico in 1952.

The Department, headquartered in a multi-story building in the Miramar sector of San Juan, includes a structure of District Attorneys to handle criminal caseload, as well as specialized divisions to handle antitrust cases, general civil cases, public integrity (corruption) and federal litigation, among others.


Secretary of Justice[edit]

The Department's head, the Attorney General, is appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico, and serves at his pleasure, after receiving the consent of the Senate of Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's Solicitor General, which handles appellate work, is also appointed by the Governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. Formers secretaries include:


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