About the Ministry of Justice and Public Security

The Ministry of Justice and Public Security was established in 1818. The Ministry has approximately 400 employees divided between nine departments, the Minister’s office and the Press Office.

The main purpose of the Ministry is to provide for the maintenance and development of the basic guarantees of the rule of law. An overriding objective is to ensure the security of society and of individual citizens.

The Ministry is headed by the Minister of Justice and Public Security Emilie Enger Mehl.

The highest ranking permanent official is the Secretary General, who leads the Ministry’s administration.

Map of the Organisation 

The main tasks of the Ministry

1. Secretariat for the political staff

  • prepare cases for the Government, the King in Council and the Storting
  • help to carry out the policies of the Government

2. Management of agencies

  • development of and contact with external agencies and the courts

3. Administration

  • responsibility for administrative tasks that affect individuals, companies, institutions, municipalities and government agencies 
  • service to the general public