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Secretary of State for Justice

Jack Straw meeting with Rumsfeld at Pentagon, May 19, 2005, cropped.jpg
Incumbent:
Jack Straw


Style: The Right Honourable
Appointed by: Gordon Brown
as Prime Minister
First : Charles Falconer
Formation: 9 May 2007

Law of England and Wales

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The Secretary of State for Justice is a United Kingdom cabinet position. It was created in 2007 replacing the abolished Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, which was originally intended to fulfil those functions of the office of Lord Chancellor which related to the Lord Chancellor's Department. On 9 May 2007, the Department for Constitutional Affairs was abolished, and a Ministry of Justice was created in its place. The Ministry of Justice is also responsible for certain functions transferred from the Home Office.

The then Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, was appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Justice on the abolition of his position as Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs. The Home Secretary, John Reid, told Parliament that future Secretaries of State for Justice would be MPs rather than peers. Jack Straw took over this department on 28 June 2007, following the selection of Gordon Brown as leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister.

List of Secretaries of State for Justice

Name Portrait Took office Left office Political party Prime Minister Notes
Charles Falconer
The Lord Falconer of Thoroton
PC, QC
Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, May 2009.jpg 9 May 2007 27 June 2007 Labour Tony Blair Previously the first and only Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs; Also held the office and title of Lord Chancellor
The Rt. Hon.
Jack Straw MP
Jack Straw meeting with Rumsfeld at Pentagon, May 19, 2005, cropped.jpg 28 June 2007 Incumbent Labour Gordon Brown First non-peer to serve as Lord Chancellor since the seventeenth century.

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