Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for the Courts and Legal Aid


Responsibilities include:

  • courts and tribunals (including HMCTS and fees/income)
  • administrative justice
  • legal aid (including the Legal Aid Agency)
  • legal services (including the Legal Services Board)
  • better regulation and growth
  • sustainability
  • judicial diversity

Previous holders of this role

  1. Shailesh Vara MP

    • 2013 to 2016
  2. Jonathan Djanogly

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate

    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Family Justice

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. HMCTS

    • Statement to Parliament
  4. Government to outlaw legal referral fees

    • Press release
  5. HMCTS Estates announcement

    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Ministerial appointment: Shailesh Vara

    • Press release
  7. New measures to make criminals pay legal aid costs

    • Press release
  8. 41 million wills available to search online for the first time

    • Press release
  9. Final words of fallen heroes unearthed

    • Press release
  10. The quiet revolution in our civil courts

    • Speech