Director General, Justice and Courts Policy Group

Catherine Lee



Catherine Lee was appointed as Director General of the Law and Access to Justice Group (now the Justice and Courts Policy Group) in September 2013, having been Acting Director General of the Justice Policy Group before this.

In 2010 she led the Government’s Legal Aid Review, and in April 2011 she became Director, Access to Justice in the Ministry of Justice, leading policy work on legal aid, civil, family and administrative justice, court fees, legal services and coroners.

Catherine joined the Civil Service in 1993. She worked in the Home Office and Cabinet Office on a range of policy jobs. She headed up the secretariat to the then Prime Minister’s Street Crime Initiative and the cross-government Fuel Task Force tasked with preventing a second blockading of fuel supplies. While in the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, she led on a wide range of cross-criminal justice policy issues.

In June 2012 Catherine received a CBE as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Director General, Justice and Courts Policy Group

The responsibilities of the group led by the Director General, Law and Access to Justice, are:

  • Human rights and security
  • Constitutional and judicial policy
  • Information policy
  • International policy
  • EU & Crown dependencies policy
  • Legal policy
  • Coroners reform and burials
  • Legal services reform
  • Civil justice
  • Administrative justice
  • Family justice
  • Legal aid
  • Communication & information
  • Judicial pensions/O’Brien
  • Office of the Public Guardian