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The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, commonly referred to as the Justice Secretary, is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government. The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Justice, with the advent of devolution and the institution of the Scottish Parliament, taking over some of the roles and functions of the former Scottish Office Minister for Home and Health that existed prior to 1999.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice is responsible for criminal law and procedure, youth justice, criminal justice social work, police, prisons andsentencing policy, legal aid, legal profession, courts and law reform, anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights, fire and rescue services,community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law,religious and faith organisations.

The following executive agencies report to him:

Like the UK Secretary of State for Justice, but unlike some other justice ministers, he does not have any oversight of prosecutions - in Scotland these are handled by the Lord Advocate.

The current Cabinet Secretary for Justice is Kenny MacAskill who was appointed to the role after the Scottish Parliamentary Election of 2007.

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Minister for Justice

Name

Entered office

Left office

Party

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Jim Wallace

16 May 1999

20 May 2003

Liberal Democrats

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Cathy Jamieson

20 May 2003

16 May 2007

Labour Party

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Cabinet Secretary for Justice

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Kenny MacAskill

16 May 2007

Incumbent

Scottish National Party

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See also

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