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Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police

The Royal Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Safety (Det kongelige Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet) is a Norwegian government ministry in charge of justice, police and domestic intelligence. 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 position is since October 2013 being held by Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen from the Norwegian Progress Party. The minister has currently two State Secretaries and a political adviser, who are all political appointees.

The ministry was founded in 1818 and currently employs about 270 people. It is organized into the following sections:

  • Press and public relations
  • Penal and rehabilitation matters
  • Legal issues
  • Arctic affairs
  • Police
  • Rescue and readiness
  • Civil rights issues
  • Planning and administration
  • Analytics

On 1 January 2012 the ministry was renamed to the Ministry of Justice and Public Security.[1][2]

Current issues

On September 8, 2006, the government commissioned an inquiry on the wrongful conviction of Fritz Moen

On April 27, 2012 the entire top tier of ministry leaders subordinate to the minister, resigned their positions. The first news report which came in the morning stated that permanent Secretary (Norwegian: departementsråd) Morten Ruud was resigning his post effective immediately. He would be succeeded by Tor Saglie. The permanent secretary is the highest ranking civil servant of the ministry. Ruud stated that the time of his taking leave was random and not dramatic. He would be starting in the position of special advisor in the Legal Issues section. A few hours later news came that also deputy permanent secretary Hans Olav Østgaard would be leaving before summer. He would go to a job also as special advisor in the ministry. According to Justice Minister Grete Faremo both resignations were matter of honorable terminations.[3][4]


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