The Department of Justice (Irish: An Roinn Dlí agus Cirt) is a department of the Government of Ireland. It is led by the Minister for Justice who is assisted by two Ministers of State. The department's mission is to maintain and enhance community security and to promote a fairer society in Ireland.
Headquarters on St Stephen's Green, Dublin
|Formed||22 January 1919|
|Headquarters||51 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2|
|Website||Department of Justice|
The mission of the Department of Justice is to maintain and enhance community security through the development of a range of policies and high quality services which underpin:
In July 2014 the department embarked on a comprehensive programme of change, including the recruitment of a new secretary-general following an independent review.
The department's main areas of responsibility include:
The department has five executive agencies, which legally are integral parts of the Department but which are managed separately:
Among the state agencies and other bodies affiliated to the department in some way are:
No state-sponsored bodies report to the department.
In the revolutionary period, the office was known as the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministers and Secretaries Act 1924, passed soon after the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, provided it with a statutory basis and renamed it as the Department of Justice. This act provided it with:
the administration and business generally of public services in connection with law, justice, public order and police, and all powers, duties and functions connected with the same (except such powers, duties and functions as are by law reserved to the Executive Council and such powers, duties and functions as are by the Constitution or by law excepted from the authority of the Executive Council or of an Executive Minister), and shall include in particular the business, powers, duties and functions of the branches and officers of the public service specified in the second part of the schedule to this Act, and of which Department the head shall be, and shall be styled, an t-Aire Dlí agus Cirt or (in English) the Minister for Justice.
The schedule assigned it with the following bodies:
The name and functions of the department have changed by means of statutory instruments.
|2 June 1924||Establishment of the Department of Justice|
|1 January 1983||Transfer of Adoption to the Department of Health|
|3 February 1993||Transfer of Civil law reform, civil legal aid and the family mediation service to the Department of Equality and Law Reform|
|8 July 1997||Transfer of Equality and Law Reform from the Department of Equality and Law Reform|
|9 July 1997||Renamed as the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform|
|27 July 2001||Transfer of Charities to the Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs|
|1 June 2010||Transfer of Equality, Integration, Disability and Human Rights to the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs|
|2 June 2010||Renamed as the Department of Justice and Law Reform|
|1 April 2011||Transfer of Equality, Integration, Disability and Human Rights from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs|
|2 April 2011||Renamed as the Department of Justice and Equality|
|1 May 2011||Transfer of Charities from the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs|
|1 January 2013||Transfer of Equality Tribunal to the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation|
|19 June 2013||Transfer of Censorship of Publications to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht|
|10 March 2015||Transfer of Censorship of Publications from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht|
|1 January 2016||Transfer of Ordnance Survey Ireland from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment|
|1 January 2016||Transfer of the Valuation Office from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform|
|26 July 2017||Transfer of Charities to the Department of Rural and Community Development|
|1 January 2018||Transfer of Ordnance Survey Ireland to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government|
|1 January 2018||Transfer of Property Registration Authority to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government|
|1 January 2018||Transfer of Valuation Office to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government|
|14 October 2020||Transfer of Youth Justice from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs|
|14 October 2020||Transfer of Disability, Equality, Human Rights, Integration and Reception to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs|
|1 November 2020||Renamed as the Department of Justice|