Minister of Justice (France)

The Minister of Justice (French: Ministre de la Justice), also known as the Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals (Ministre de la Justice, garde des Sceaux), is a cabinet position in the Government of France. The current Minister of Justice has been Éric Dupond-Moretti since 2020. The ministry is headquartered on Place Vendôme in the 1st arrondissement of Paris.[1]

Minister of Justice and
Keeper of the Seals
Ministre de la Justice et garde des Sceaux
Éric Dupond-Moretti (cropped).jpg
Éric Dupond-Moretti

since 6 July 2020
Ministry of Justice
Member ofCabinet
Reports toPresident of the Republic
Prime Minister
SeatPlace Vendôme, Paris
NominatorPrime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term
Formationc. 497
c. 750: office of Keeper of the Seals of France
1790: Ministry of Justice


The roles of the minister are to:[2]

  • oversee the building, maintenance and administration of courts;
  • sit as vice president of the Judicial Council (which oversees the judicial performance and advises on prosecutiorial performance);
  • supervise public prosecutions;
  • direct corrections and the prison system
  • propose legislation affecting civil or criminal law or procedure.

The Minister of Justice also holds the ceremonial office of Keeper of the Seals of France; as such, he or she is custodian of the Great Seal of France. This symbolic role is still shown in the order of words of the minister's official designation, Minister of Justice, Keeper of the Seals (Ministre de la Justice, garde des Sceaux).

France's Ministry of Justice might oversee the administration of justice in French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Jersey, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Wallis and Futuna.[3][4][5]

List of ministersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Contact." Ministry of Justice. Updated on 21 may 2012.
  2. ^ Travaillot, Françoise. "French Ministry of Justice." Ministry of Justice (France). 15 September. 1. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Juridictions judiciaires d'outre-mer". (in French). Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Mayotte". (in French). Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon". Ministère des Outre-mer (in French). Retrieved 19 July 2018.

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