The Ministry of Justice is a major government department, at the heart of the justice system. We work to protect and advance the principles of justice. Our vision is to deliver a world-class justice system that works for everyone in society.
MOJ is a ministerial department, supported by 33 agencies and public bodies.
At 30 Sep 2018 (source). Please treat as illustrative only. Numbers are rounded - actual published statistics and explanations can be found in the respective sections. Offenders may be serving more than one sentence, so totals may differ from the sum of sub-sections. Youth Rehabilitation Orders and Supervision Default Orders represent around 1% of the probation court order caseload, and are not shown here.
The government is reforming the way prisons work in order to improve how they protect the public, keep staff and prisoners safe, and help offenders turn away from crime. To do this we are holding prison governors to account for improvements in the following areas:
- protecting the public;
- maintaining safety and order;
- reforming offenders to prevent more crimes from being committed; and
- preparing prisoners for life outside the prison.
Since June 2014, the probation service of England and Wales has been operated by the public-sector National Probation Service (NPS), which manages the most high risk offenders across seven divisions; and 21 private-sector Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs), that manage medium and low risk offenders. They are responsible for supervising offenders who are given community sentences and Suspended Sentence Orders by the courts, as well as offenders given custodial sentences, both before and after their release.
Some services have never been provided directly by the Department and have always been procured. In addition, the Department has renewed and renegotiated a number of contracts for areas of work that were outsourced prior to the creation of the Ministry of Justice. At any one time there are over one hundred procurement projects underway. Some examples of major procurement projects undertaken by the department include but are not limited the following:
- electronic monitoring;
- maintaining bail accommodation support services (BASS); and
- prison escorting and custodial services (PECS).
HM Courts & Tribunal Service (HMCTS) is responsible for the administration of the criminal, civil and family courts in England and Wales, tribunals in England, and non-devolved tribunals in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
HMCTS is an executive agency, sponsored by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). The Ministry of Justice publishes the official statistics relating to the operation of the criminal and civil justice systems, including courts and tribunals. These are published on a quarterly basis and are the best, most comprehensive figures on this topic for most purposes.