Ministerial role

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice


The Secretary of State has oversight of all of Ministry of Justice business and is responsible for making improvements to the criminal justice and prison system so that it better serves the public. Other responsibilities include:

  • functions of the Lord Chancellor
  • lead on prison and courts reforms
  • MOJ Transformation, including governance of Arm’s Length Bodies
  • resourcing of the department
  • Spending Review settlement, including income and fees
  • public appointments
  • judicial policy including pay, pensions and diversity
  • tackling extremism policy

She receives a salary as Lord Chancellor and is unpaid as Secretary of State for Justice.

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth Truss was appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 14 July 2016. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.


Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.

Career outside politics

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.

Personal life

Elizabeth is married with 2 children.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    • 2012 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC

    • 2010 to 2012


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  1. New fast-track immigration appeal rules proposed

    • Press release
  2. Secretary of State visits HMP Onley to meet staff and see reform in action

    • Press release
  3. Justice Secretary launches HM Prison and Probation Service

    • Press release
  4. Prison update

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Justice Secretary announces plans to create 5,000 modern prison places

    • Press release
  6. Greater protection for rape victims and children at risk of grooming

    • Press release
  7. Change to personal injury discount rate

    • Statement to Parliament
  8. Youth justice update

    • Statement to Parliament
  9. Prison governor empowerment and accountability

    • Statement to Parliament
  10. A speech on criminal justice reform by the Secretary of State for Justice

    • Speech