Secretary of State for Justice

The Secretary of State for Justice is a secretary of state in the Government of the United Kingdom, with responsibility for the Ministry of Justice. The incumbent is a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. Since the office's inception, the incumbent has concurrently been appointed Lord Chancellor.

United Kingdom
Secretary of State for Justice
Incumbent
Alex Chalk
since 21 April 2023
Ministry of Justice
StyleJustice Secretary
(informal)
The Right Honourable
(within the UK and Commonwealth)
TypeMinister of the Crown
StatusSecretary of State
Member of
Reports toThe Prime Minister
SeatWestminster
NominatorThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe Monarch
(on the advice of the Prime Minister)
Term lengthAt His Majesty's Pleasure
PrecursorSecretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
Formation9 May 2007
First holderThe Lord Falconer
Salary£159,038 per annum (2022)[1]
(including £86,584 MP salary)[2]
WebsiteOfficial Website

The officeholder works alongside the other justice ministers. The corresponding shadow minister is the shadow secretary of state for justice, and the performance of the secretary of state is also scrutinised by the Justice Select Committee.[3]

Responsibilities edit

According to what is generally known as a justice minister in many other countries, the justice secretary's remit includes:

Creation edit

The then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Justice when it was created in 2007. The office of the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs was abolished, along with the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The home secretary, John Reid, told Parliament that future secretaries of state for justice would be MPs rather than peers.

List of secretaries of state edit

Secretary of State Term of office Political party Government
  Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton[4] 9 May 2007 28 June 2007 Labour Blair
(III)
  Jack Straw[n 1][5]
MP for Blackburn
28 June 2007 6 May 2010 Brown
  Kenneth Clarke[6]
MP for Rushcliffe
12 May 2010 6 September 2012 Conservative Cameron-Clegg
(Coalition)
  Chris Grayling[7]
MP for Epsom and Ewell
6 September 2012 8 May 2015
  Michael Gove[8]
MP for Surrey Heath
8 May 2015 14 July 2016 Cameron
(II)
  Liz Truss[9]
MP for South West Norfolk
14 July 2016 11 June 2017 May
(I)
  David Lidington[10][11]
MP for Aylesbury
11 June 2017 8 January 2018 May
(II)
  David Gauke[12]
MP for South West Hertfordshire
8 January 2018 24 July 2019
  Robert Buckland[13]
MP for South Swindon
24 July 2019 15 September 2021 Johnson
(I)
Johnson
(II)
  Dominic Raab[14]
MP for Esher and Walton
15 September 2021 6 September 2022
  Brandon Lewis
MP for Great Yarmouth
6 September 2022 25 October 2022 Truss
  Dominic Raab
MP for Esher and Walton
25 October 2022 21 April 2023 Sunak
  Alex Chalk
MP for Cheltenham
21 April 2023 Incumbent

See also edit

Notes edit

  1. ^ First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since Sir Robert Henley as Lord Keeper of the Seal in 1760.

References edit

  1. ^ "Salaries of Members of His Majesty's Government – Financial Year 2022–23" (PDF). 15 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Pay and expenses for MPs". parliament.uk. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Michael Gove questioned on work of Secretary of State". parliament.uk. 9 July 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2021. The Justice Committee holds a one-off session with Michael Gove MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, on the work of the Secretary of State for Justice.
  4. ^ "Lord Falconer of Thoroton". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  5. ^ "Rt Hon Jack Straw". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Lord Clarke of Nottingham". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  7. ^ "Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  8. ^ "Rt Hon Michael Gove MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Rt Hon Sir David Lidington". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  11. ^ "The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE". GOV.UK.
  12. ^ "Rt Hon David Gauke". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Rt Hon Robert Buckland MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP". UK Parliament. Retrieved 25 September 2021.

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