Department for Constitutional Affairs

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) was a United Kingdom government department. Its creation was announced on 12 June 2003 with the intention of replacing the Lord Chancellor's Department. On 28 March 2007 it was announced that the Department for Constitutional Affairs would take control of probation, prisons and prevention of re-offending from the Home Office and be renamed the Ministry of Justice.[1] This took place on 9 May 2007.

Department's headquarters (on the right)

It was primarily responsible for reforms to the constitution, relations with the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and, within England and Wales, it was concerned with the administration of the Courts, legal aid, and the appointment of the judiciary. Other responsibilities included issues relating to human rights, data protection, and freedom of information.

It incorporated the Wales Office and the Scotland Office, but those offices remained the overall responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for Scotland respectively.

After the 2005 general election, it gained additional responsibilities for coroners and conduct of local government elections in England.[2]

Departmental executive agencies and public bodiesEdit

Legislation enacted by the departmentEdit

This is a list of Acts of Parliament enacted since 1997 that gave powers to the Department of Constitutional Affairs.

Constitutional actsEdit

Election actsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Home Office to be split in two". BBC News Online. BBC. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-29.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-11-02. Retrieved 2005-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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