About the Ministry of Justice

Published under: Stoltenberg's 2nd Government

Publisher Ministry of Justice and Public Security

The Ministry of Justice 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 Minister of Justice is the head of the Ministry, and its political leader. The Minister has currently three State Secretaries and a Political Adviser, who are all political appointees.

The highest ranking permanent official is the Secretary General, who leads the Ministry’s administration. Each of the nine departments is led by a Director General.


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

Goals for the justice sector 

The Ministry's areas of responsibility can be seen as three separate chains: The criminal system chain, the asylum chain and the civil security and emergency chain. The goals for the three chains in 2015 are: 

The criminal system chain

  • Reduce serious crime
  • Strengthen prevention of crime
  • A more efficient criminal chain

The asylum chain

  • Fewer asylum seekers without protection needs
  • Faster clarification of identity
  • Faster return

The civil security and emergency chain

  • Reduce vulnerability in society
  • Strengthen the cooperation in crisis management
  • Knowledge-based prevention
  • Better management and strengthened management culture