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French Minister of Justice

The Ministry of Justice is controlled by the French Minister of Justice - Keeper of the Seals (Ministre de la Justice - Garde des Sceaux), a top-level cabinet position in the French government. The current Minister of Justice is Christiane Taubira. The ministry is headquartered in Paris.[1]

The roles of the minister are to:[2]

  • oversee the building, maintenance and administration of courts;
  • sit as vice-president of the judicial council (which oversees the judicial performance and advises on prosecutiorial performance);
  • supervise public prosecutions;
  • direct corrections and the prison system
  • propose legislation affecting civil or criminal law or procedure.

The Minister of Justice also holds the ceremonial office of Keeper of the Seals and, as such, is custodian of the Great Seal of France.

Bureaus and offices

The French Ministry of Justice is subdivided into a number of departments, namely:

  • Cabinet du ministre – Cabinet to the Minister
  • Secrétariat général – Administration
  • Inspection Générale des Services Judiciaires (IGSJ) – Office of Inspector General
  • Direction des Services Judiciaires (DSJ) – Office of Court Administration
  • Direction des Affaires civiles et du Sceau (DACS) – Office of Civil Justice
  • Direction des affaires criminelles et des grâces (DACG) – Office of Public Prosecutions
  • French Prison Service (Direction de l'administration pénitentiaire (DAP) – "Bureau of Corrections")[3]
  • Direction de la protection judiciaire de la jeunesse (DPJJ) – Office of Juvenile Justice
  • Service de contrôle budgétaire et comptable ministériel (SDM) – Office of Accounting and Budget

French Prison Service

The French government does not keep demographic statistics of prisoners. Around 2008 demographers, Muslim leaders, and sociologists estimated that inmate populations around France averaged to about 60–70% Muslim.[4] The concentrations were higher in metropolitan areas with concentrated Muslim populations, such as Paris, Marseille, and Lille.[5] In 2010 the prisons in the French Prison Service has one of the highest rates of prisoner suicide in Europe.[6]

Former Ministers of Justice

1790 to the Third Republic

Third Republic

Vichy France

Free France

Fourth Republic

Fifth Republic

See also


External links

  • Ministry of Justice (French)
    • Living in Detention – Handbook for New Inmates – French Prison Service (English)
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