Ministry of Justice and Public Security

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Royal Ministry of Justice and Public Security
Det kongelige justis- og beredskapsdepartement
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Agency overview
Formed 1818; 199 years ago (1818)
Jurisdiction Government of Norway
Headquarters Oslo
Employees 400
Minister responsible
Website www.regjeringen.no/jd

The Royal Ministry of Justice and Public Security (Norwegian: Det kongelige justis- og beredskapsdepartement) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of justice, police and domestic intelligence. The main purpose of the ministry is to provide for the maintenance and development of the basic guarantees of the rule of law. An overriding objective is to ensure the security of society and of individual citizens. The ministry was founded in 1818 and currently employs about 400 people in the central government department. Its subordinate agencies include the Norwegian Police Service, the Norwegian Correctional Service, the Norwegian Police Security Service, the Norwegian Prosecuting Authority, the Judiciary of Norway and the Directorate of Immigration, and employ around 30,000 people.

History[edit]

The ministry was founded in 1818 and was known as the Royal Ministry of Justice and the Police from its establishment until 2012, when it was renamed the Royal Ministry of Justice and Public Security.[1][2] The ministry's headquarters was bombed in the 2011 terrorist attacks, killing three employees. The ministry subsequently moved to its current location at Gullhaug Torg in Nydalen.

People[edit]

The Minister of Justice and Public Security is the head of the ministry. Since October 2013 Anders Anundsen has served as Minister of Justice and Public Security. The minister is currently assisted by two State Secretaries and a political adviser, who are all political appointees.

Organisation[edit]

It is organized into the following sections:

  • Press and public relations
  • Penal and rehabilitation matters
  • Legal issues
  • Arctic affairs
  • Police
  • Rescue and readiness
  • Civil rights issues
  • Planning and administration
  • Analytics

Subordinate agencies[edit]

Current issues[edit]

On September 8, 2006, the government commissioned an inquiry on the wrongful conviction of Fritz Moen.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Government.no (19 June 2009). "Members of the Government". 
  2. ^ Government.no (31 March 2014). "Norwegian Government Ministries".