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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.

Ministry of Justice
Agency overview
Formed1840 (1840)[1]
Ministers responsible


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.

Deputy Minister for JusticeEdit

Other ministers at the Ministry of Justice are called Deputy Minister for Justice (Swedish: Biträdande justitieminister).

Name Other positions Term Party Cabinet
  Carl Axel Petri Minister for Energy 9 November 1979 – 5 May 1981 Independent   Fälldin II
  Reidunn Laurén Consultant to the Minister for Justice 4 October 1991 – 7 October 1994 Independent   Carl Bildt
  Britta Lejon Minister for Democracy
Minister for Administration
7 October 1998 – 21 October 2002 Social Democrats   Persson
  Mona Sahlin Minister for Integration
Minister for Metropolitan Affairs
16 October 2000 – 21 October 2002 Social Democrats
  Mona Sahlin Minister for Democracy
Minister for Integration
Minister for Gender Equality
Minister for Sports
21 October 2002 – 31 October 2004 Social Democrats
  Jens Orback Minister for Democracy
Minister for Metropolitan Affairs
Minister for Integration
Minister for Gender Equality
1 November 2004 – 6 October 2006 Social Democrats
  Nyamko Sabuni Minister for Integration
Minister for Gender Equality
6 October 2006 – 31 December 2006 Liberal People's   Reinfeldt
  Tobias Billström Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy 6 October 2006 – 3 October 2014 Moderate
  Anders Ygeman Minister for Home Affairs 3 October 2014 – 27 July 2017 Social Democrats   Löfven I
  Heléne Fritzon Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy 27 July 2017–21 January 2019 Social Democrats

European UnionEdit

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).[2]

Government agenciesEdit

The Ministry of Justice is principal for the following government agencies:


  1. ^ "Justitiedepartementet". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 13 November 2010. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Ministry of Justice - EU work

See alsoEdit