The legal system must uphold fairness in society: both in business and for individuals. We want to ensure justice for victims of crime and better rehabilitation for criminals, with a reduction in the rate of reoffending.

The justice system must punish the guilty, protect our liberties and rehabilitate offenders. We will ensure that more criminals make amends to victims and communities for the harm they have caused and help them break the destructive cycle of crime.


  1. Prisons announcement

    • Written statement to Parliament
  2. UK support aids intelligent regional drugs fight

    • News story
  3. Magna Carta comes to Malta

    • News article

See all announcements



  1. Industry preparedness

    • Guidance
  2. Become a magistrate: application form

    • Form
  3. Make a lasting power of attorney

    • Form

See all publications


  1. Prison population figures: 2015

    • Official Statistics
  2. Children Order Bulletin July to September 2015

    • Official Statistics
  3. Criminal justice system statistics quarterly: June 2015

    • National Statistics

See all statistics

Detailed guides

  1. Living in Ireland

    Information for British nationals living in Ireland and information on driving regulations in Ireland Read more

  2. Use of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud

    Attorney General's guidelines for prosecutors on the use of the common law offence of conspiracy to defraud. First published 2007. Read more

  3. Service of documents and taking of evidence

    How to serve legal documents overseas and take evidence abroad. Read more

  4. Consent of the Attorney General to prosecute: how to apply

    Guidance, created in 2012, for those who wish to begin a private prosecution for offences where the Attorney General’s consent is required. Read more

  5. Types of contempt of court dealt with by the Attorney General's Office

    The Attorney General and Solicitor General (the Law Officers) can be asked to look at some types of contempt of court. Read more