Secretary of State for Justice
since 30 December 2018
Category Cabinet position
Style The Right Honourable
Justice Secretary
Inaugural holder NDGAARONDI
Number of Justice Secretaries 26

The Justice Secretary, known in full as the Secretary of State for Justice, is a senior official within the Government of the United Kingdom and head of the Ministry of Justice. The office is a cabinet-level position. The position of Justice Secretary is currently held by CatusStarbright, who was appointed to the role by Prime Minister ns_2 on 30th December 2018.


The Justice Secretary is responsible for overseeing the following areas:

  • European Union and international justice policy
  • Freedom of information and data protection
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
  • The National Archives

The majority of the Justice Secretary's work takes place in England and Wales where their main role is to ensure that all suspected offenders are appropriately dealt with. As part of this, their responsibilities extend to the commissioning of prison services, rehabilitation, victim support, the probation service, sentencing policy, and compensation.

They also oversee: the administration of all courts and tribunals, land registration, legal aid and the regulation of legal services, coroners, public law, the maintenance of the judiciary, public guardianship, supervision of restricted patients detained under the Mental Health Act, and civil law and justice.

Since 2007, the Justice Secretary has also often served as Lord Chancellor. As part of this role, they are responsible for the efficient functioning and independence of the courts.

The Justice Secretary often works closely with the Secretary of State for the Home Department due to the overlap between their respective roles.

Ministerial Reports, Statements of Intent, and Departmental Reviews

Justice Secretaries have produced the following ministerial reports, statements of intent, and departmental reviews:

Type Justice Secretary Released Result
Statement of intent CatusStarbright April 2018 Passed by vote
Ministerial report The Champion.m4a June 2018 Passed without vote

List of Justice Secretaries

NDGAARONDI was appointed as the first Justice Secretary for the Liberal Democrat Party following the first general election and since him, there have been 25 other Justice Secretaries.

Justice Secretary Party Took office Left office
NDGAARONDI Liberal May 2005 November 2005
Unpossible Liberal December 2005 May 2006
Chrism Conservative June 2006 November 2006
Juno Labour December 2007 May 2008
veggie4life Liberal June 2008 November 2008
AnythingButChardonnay Conservative November 2008 May 2009
thunder_chunky Liberal March 2010 May 2010
Anythingbutchardonnay Conservative May 2010 October 2010
Jake Pearson Libertarian November 2010 March 2011
Life_peer UKIP April 2011 October 2011
mikejggly Labour October 2011 March 2012
Life_peer UKIP April 2012 September 2012
Life_peer UKIP April 2013 March 2014
Blue Meltwater Green April 2014 October 2014
The Legal Eagle Labour October 2014 July 2015
Midnightmemories UKIP July 2015 August 2015
Saracen's Fez Labour October 2015 November 2015
RayApparently Labour November 2015 December 2015
thehistorybore Liberal December 2015 May 2016
PetrosAC Liberal May 2016 July 2016
TitanCream Liberal
July 2016
thehistorybore Liberal July 2016 November 2016
GaelicBolshevik Socialist November 2016 May 2017
TheDefiniteArticle Labour June 2017 November 2017
Vitiate Conservative December 2017 March 2018
CatusStarbright Libertarian March 2018 June 2018
The Champion.m4a Conservative June 2018 December 2018
CatusStarbright Libertarian December 2018 incumbent