Ministry of Justice (Sweden)
The Ministry of Justice (Swedish: Justitiedepartementet) is a Cabinet-level ministry of the Government of Sweden which handles matters relating to the justice system, such as legislation concerning the constitution, as well as law enforcement and counter-terrorism procedures. All Swedish law enforcement agencies, as well as the prosecution authorities, the prison and probation service and the National Council for Crime Prevention answer to the Ministry of Justice. In addition to handling constitution-related legislation, the Ministry is responsible for legislation and procedures relating to administrative law, civil law, procedural law and criminal law. The Ministry also deals with matters relating to migration and asylum policy. Internationally, the Ministry of Justice takes part in efforts to co-operate with other nations in order to combat cross-border crime. It is located in the government chancellery Rosenbad in Stockholm.
The Ministry of Justice is headed by the Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Morgan Johansson. His deputy, the Deputy Minister for Justice Heléne Fritzon, is responsible for issues regarding migration and asylum policy.
The political executive also includes the state secretaries, the political advisers and the press secretaries.
The Ministry's senior officials also include the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, three Directors-General for Legal Affairs, the Director of Planning, the Director-General for Crisis Management, the Director-General for International Affairs, the Head of Administration, the Head of Human resources and the Head of Communications.
Beatrice Ask was the head from 2006 to 2014. Tobias Billström was the Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy while Nyamko Sabuni led the Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality from 2007 until it was dissolved in 2010.
Below the executive level, the Ministry is divided into 19 divisions:
- Communications Division
- Crisis Management Coordination Secretariat
- Division for Constitutional Law
- Division for Crime Policy
- Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Cooperation
- Division for Criminal Law
- Division for Crisis Preparedness
- Division for EU Affairs
- Division for Family Law and the Law of Contracts, Torts and Personal Property
- Division for Intellectual Property and Transport Law
- Division for Legislation on Public Order and Safety and Crisis Preparedness
- Division for Management Support and Human Resources
- Division for Management of Migration Affairs
- Division for Migration Law
- Division for Migration and Asylum Policy
- Division for Procedural Law and Court Issues
- Division for Prosecution Issues
- Division for Real Estate and Company Law
Deputy Minister for JusticeEdit
Other ministers at the Ministry of Justice are called Deputy Minister for Justice (Swedish: Biträdande justitieminister).
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).
The Ministry of Justice is principal for the following government agencies:
- Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern)
- Commission on Security and Integrity Protection (Säkerhets- och integritetsskyddsnämnden)
- Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority (Brottsoffermyndigheten)
- Data Protection Authority (Datainspektionen)
- Economic Crime Authority (Ekobrottsmyndigheten)
- Migration Agency (Migrationsverket)
- Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket)
- Board of Supervision of Estate Agents (Fastighetsmäklarnämnden)
- Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet)
- Courts Administration (Domstolsverket)
- Police Authority (Polismyndigheten)
- Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen)
- Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården)
- Prosecutor-General (Riksåklagaren)
- Coast Guard (Kustbevakningen)
- Inspectorate of Auditors (Revisorsinspektionen)
- Gene Technology Advisory Board (Gentekniknämnden)
- Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap)
- Legal Aid Authority (Rättshjälpsmyndigheten)
- Council on Legislation (Lagrådet)
- Accident Investigation Authority (Statens haverikommission)
- Traffic Accident Board (Trafikskadenämnden)
- Inspectorate for Strategic Products (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter)
- Official website in Swedish and English
- "Organisation and Responsibilities of the Ministry of Justice". Government of Sweden. August 2017. Retrieved 7 July 2018.