Organisation

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The Ministry of Justice is headed by the Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson. Minister for Home Affairs Mikael Damberg is also attached to the Ministry.

The political executive also includes the state secretaries, the political advisers and the press secretaries.

The senior officials at the Ministry also include the Director-General for Administrative Affairs, three Directors-General for Legal Affairs, the Director-General for Crisis Management, the Director-General for International Affairs, the Head of Administration, the Head of Human resources and the Head of Communications.

The Ministry of Justice has approximately 400 employees. Below the executive level, the Ministry is divided into 18 divisions.

Division for Police Issues

The division is responsible for administrative and development issues regarding police activities in general, the organisation of the police services, the Swedish Security Service, the National Laboratory of Forensic Science and the secretariat of the Task Force on Organised Crime in the Baltic Sea Area.

The division is also responsible for monitoring and developing international police cooperation and issues relating to international civilian crisis management.

Division for Prosecution Issues

The division is responsible for the Swedish Prosecution Authority, the Swedish National Economic Crimes Bureau, the National Board of Forensic Medicine, the Office of the Chancellor of Justice, Swedish Authority for Privacy Protection and the The Swedish Commission on Security and Integrity Protection.

The division is answerable for the prosecution authorities, preliminary investigations and coercive measures in criminal cases, as well as young offenders.

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Division for Procedural Law and Court Issues

The division is responsible for matters relating to procedural law, courts, judges, lawyers (members of the Swedish Bar association), legal aid and service of documents. It processes legislative matters, EU and other international matters in the procedural law area, and administrative matters associated with the courts. It is also responsible for administrative and development matters relating to the Swedish courts, the Judges Proposals Board, the Entailed
Property Board, the Swedish Gene Technology Advisory Board, the Supervisory Board of Public Accountants and the Road Traffic Injuries Commission.

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Division for Crime Policy

The division is responsible for administration and development of crime policy in general, crime prevention issues and issues concerning victims of crime. The division is also responsible for development issues that are common to the judicial system and coordination of issues that involve multiple components of the judicial system.

In addition, it is responsible for development relating to coordination of the judicial system’s digital transformation and other general digitalisation issues within the Ministry’s area of responsibility, as well as the portal to the public legal information system.

The division is also responsible for coordination of gender mainstreaming efforts within the Ministry’s area of responsibility.

Government agencies answerable to the division: the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention and the Swedish Crime Victim Authority.

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Division for Criminal Cases and International Judicial Cooperation

The division is responsible for issues relating to international judicial cooperation in criminal matters, e.g., extradition, European arrest warrant, mutual legal assistance, mutual recognition and enforcement of sentences and coercive measures, etc. This includes responsibility for legislation and for international negotiations within e.g. the EU, the Council of Europe and the UN.

The division is Sweden's Central Authority for international judicial cooperation and assists Swedish and foreign authorities in this area. The Central Authority receives, reviews and forwards requests to and from Sweden concerning international cooperation in the areas of criminal and civil law. The division also prepares government decisions in such matters and matters relating to pardons in criminal cases.

International Judicial Co-operation

Division for Crisis Preparedness

The division is responsible for coordination and development to strengthen and monitor society’s crisis preparedness and civil defence. The division is also responsible for administrative and development issues relating to protection against accidents, alarm services and hazardous substances (CBRNE), and information security. This includes responsibility for issues such as the 112 alarm agreement, rescue services, maritime surveillance, psychological defence, the RAKEL radio communications system, transport of hazardous goods, inflammable and explosive products, preparedness for chemical accidents, etc.

In addition, the division is responsible for the preparedness of municipalities, regions and government agencies, coordination of matters concerning civilian voluntary defence organisations, and EU and international civilian missions.

Government agencies and other bodies answerable to the division: the Swedish Coast Guard, the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority and the Gällöfsta Center for Education.

Emergency preparedness

Division for Real Estate and Company Law

The division is responsible for legislation relating to real estate and company law. This includes the Land Code, the Expropriation Act, the Tenant-Ownership Act, the Tenancy Bargaining Act, the Swedish Companies Act, the Economic Associations Act, the Partnership and Non-registered Partnership Act, the Accounting Act, the Annual Reports Act, the Auditing Act and the Act on the Protection of Trade Secrets.

In addition, the division is responsible for EU issues, other international issues and administrative matters in these areas.

Housing and community planning
Enterprise and industry

Division for Family Law and the Law of Contracts, Torts and Personal Property

The division is responsible for legislation in the field of family law and the law of contracts, torts and personal property. This includes the Marriage Code, the Children and Parents Code, the Inheritance Code, the Cohabitees Act, the Names Act, the Tort Liability Act, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act, the Insurance Contracts Act, the Contracts Act, the Consumer Sales Act, the Consumer Services Act, the Bankruptcy Act, the Debt Relief Act, the Company Reconstruction Act and the Debt Enforcement Code.

In addition, the division handles EU matters, other international matters and administrative matters in these areas.

Division for Intellectual Property and Transport Law

The division is responsible for legislation in the field of intellectual property and transport law. This includes copyright, topographies of integrated circuits, patents, trademarks, trade names, designs, plant breeding, shipping, aviation, rail traffic, road traffic and space.

The division is also responsible for negotiations being conducted in these areas, both at EU level and globally.

Division for Legislation on Public Order and Safety and Crisis Preparedness

The division is responsible for legislation relating to public order and safety. This includes the Police Act, the Act on International Police Cooperation, the Firearms Act, the Public Order Act, the Protective Security Act, the Criminal Data Act, the Register of Suspected Persons Act, the Criminal Records Act and the Passport Act. The division is also responsible for legislation relating to society’s crisis preparedness and civil defence. This includes the Act on Municipal and County Council Measures prior to and during Extraordinary Events in Peacetime and during Periods of Heightened Alert, the Civil Protection Act, the Flammable and Explosive Products Act and the Coast Guard Act.

The division is also responsible for administrative matters relating to the Special Controls of Aliens Act.

Combating terrorism
Defence (Civil defence)
Emergency preparedness
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Division for Criminal Law

The division is responsible for legislation relating to central matters of criminal law, especially the Penal Code, and legislation on penal care and victims of crime. A large part of the division's activities has to do with cooperation on substantive criminal law in the EU and internationally, including in the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

Division for Constitutional Law

The division is responsible for legislation relating to constitutional law and administrative law, as well as video surveillance. This includes the Constitution of Sweden, the Elections Act, the Public Access to Information and Secrecy Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Act containing supplementary provisions to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and the Video Surveillance Act.

In addition, the division is responsible for EU issues, other international issues and administrative matters in these areas.

The division is also responsible for coordination of matters relating to cases at the European Court of Human Rights and to the review by the Parliamentary Committee on the Constitution in the Ministry of Justice’s area of activity.

The Constitution of Sweden and personal privacy
Democracy and human rights

Division for Migration Law

The division is responsible for legislation relating to migration law, Swedish citizenship and certain border control issues. This includes the Aliens Act, the Reception of Asylum Seekers and Others Act, the Health and Medical Care for Asylum Seekers and Others Act, the Act on the right to pay and other remuneration for work performed by an alien who is not entitled to stay in Sweden, the Passenger Name Record Act, the Act on the transit of third-country nationals and the Swedish Citizenship Act.

Migration and asylum

Division for Migration and Asylum Policy

The division is responsible for matters relating to international cooperation on migration policy, refugee policy issues, immigration to Sweden, asylum and other grounds that entitle foreign nationals to reside in Sweden, and Swedish citizenship.

Division for Management of Migration Affairs

The division is responsible for financial control and follow-up in the migration area. It has authority over the Swedish Migration Agency and coordinates budget work in expenditure area 8 Migration. The division is also responsible for matters relating to the reception of applicants for asylum, in accordance with the Reception of Asylum Seekers and Others Act.

Division for EU Affairs

The division is responsible for coordinating EU issues at the Ministry. This includes preparation for meetings of the Justice and Home Affairs Council, Coreper, the EU Coordinating Committee in the area of police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters (CATS), the EU Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum (SCIFA), EU funding programmes in the legal area and EU enlargement and external relations.

The division is also responsible for coordination and support to the Ministry’s divisions as regards other international issues such as the 2030 Agenda, reporting to the UN and the Council of Europe committees against torture, and work on the steering committee with responsibility for private and public law cooperation in the Council of Europe (European Committee on Legal Co-operation, CDCJ).

The division also analyses developments in EU law and is responsible for the Ministry’s internal coordination of the cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court, as well as coordination of implementation of EU legal instruments and cases involving violations of EU law.

Furthermore, the division coordinates the political leadership’s international contacts, trips abroad and incoming international visits.

Sweden in the EU

Division for Management Support

The division is responsible for the Ministry’s operational planning and follow-up, budget coordination, and security and contingency measures.

Budget

Crisis Management Coordination Secretariat

The Government Offices has a special Director-General for Crisis Management, responsible for developing, coordinating and following up crisis management measures, and for necessary preparation for this. The Director-General and the Crisis Management Coordination Secretariat are placed at the Ministry of Justice. The secretariat keeps a 24/7 watch on events that the Government and the Government Offices may need to respond to and can initiate crisis management operations when required. During and after a crisis, the Crisis Management Coordination Secretariat is responsible for supporting the rest of the Government Offices in its crisis management and in evaluations. The secretariat also supports the political leadership and the ministries through exercises, training courses and other measures.

Crisis management in the Government Offices