- Secretary of State for Justice
Secretary of State for Justice
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Ministry of Justice
Style The Right Honourable Appointer David Cameron Inaugural holder Lord Falconer of Thoroton Formation 9 May 2007 Deputy Minister of State for Justice Website Ministry of Justice This article is part of the series: Courts of England and Wales Law of England and Wales
The Secretary of State for Justice is a senior position in the cabinet of the United Kingdom. It was created in 2007 replacing the abolished Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, which was originally intended to fulfil those functions of the office of Lord Chancellor which related to the Lord Chancellor's Department. On 9 May 2007, the Department for Constitutional Affairs was abolished, and a Ministry of Justice was created in its place. The Ministry of Justice is also responsible for certain functions transferred from the Home Office.
The then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Justice on the abolition of his position as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. The Home Secretary, John Reid, told Parliament that future Secretaries of State for Justice would be MPs rather than peers. Jack Straw took over this department on 28 June 2007, following the selection of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister and left office after the resignation of Gordon Brown on 11 May 2010. He was replaced by Conservative MP Ken Clarke.
List of Secretaries of State for Justice
Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Notes The Rt. Hon.
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC, QC
9 May 2007 27 June 2007 Labour • Tony Blair Previously the first and only Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs; also held the office and title of Lord Chancellor. The Rt. Hon.
Jack Straw MP
28 June 2007 11 May 2010 Labour • Gordon Brown First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since Sir Robert Henley as Lord Keeper of the Seal in 1760. The Rt. Hon.
Kenneth Clarke MP, QC
12 May 2010 Incumbent Conservative • David Cameron Also holds the office and title of Lord Chancellor.
- The Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs Order 2003 from HMSO
- The Ministry of Justice official website
Secretaries of State for Justice of the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
Secretary of State for Justice
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