Ministry of Justice (Austria)

In Austrian politics, the Ministry of Justice (German: Justizministerium) is the ministry in charge of the administration of justice. The Ministry provides administrative supervision and payroll services for the court system and the prosecution service, manages their office buildings and facilities, and runs the prisons.

Ministry of Justice
Ministry overview
HeadquartersPalais Trautson
Museumstraße 7
48°12′33″N 16°21′57″E
Minister responsible
  • Clemens Jabloner

First established in 1848, the ministry's exact name and portfolio have undergone changes numerous times throughout the years. As of 2018, the ministry is officially called the Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice (Bundesministerium für Verfassung, Reformen, Deregulierung und Justiz). [1] In addition to its traditional responsibilities, it is tasked with supporting the Kurz cabinet's program of simplifying the country's unusually large body of constitutional law. [2] and of reducing the amount of law on the books in general. [3][4] One of its departments, the Constitutional Office (Verfassungsdienst), is the body tasked with representing the executive branch before the Constitutional Court and the Republic of Austria before the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. The Constitutional Office also assists other ministries in drafting legislation and in evaluating the constitutionality of draft statutes prepared elsewhere. It is also in charge of the Austrian data protection agency.

The ministry is headquartered in the Palais Trautson. The current Minister of Justice is Josef Moser. [5][6]


The Ministry was first established in 1848.


As of May 2018, the ministry consists of the Minister and his personal staff (Kabinett), the office of the director general, and seven departments: [7]

  • European and international affairs and protocol (Stabsstelle für Europäische und Internationale Justizangelegenheiten sowie Protokollarische Angelegenheiten)
  • Public relations (Stabsstelle für Kommunikation und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit)
  • Civil law (Zivilrechtssektion)
  • Corrections (Generaldirektion für den Strafvollzug und den Vollzug freiheitsentziehender Maßnahmen)
  • Coordination (Präsidialsektion)
  • Criminal law (Strafrechtssektion)
  • Constitutional Office (Verfassungsdienst)

The Minister and his staff are political appointees; the general secretary and the section heads are career civil servants. [8]

List of Ministers

See also


  1. "Bundesministeriengesetz-Novelle 2017; BGBl. I Nr. 164/2017" (in German). December 28, 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  2. "Moser: "Föderalismus-Entwirrung" wird ab Sommer behandelt" (in German). Presse. March 15, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  3. Aichinger, Philipp (January 1, 2018). "Rechtsbereinigung: Der Stichtag an den Iden des März" (in German). Presse. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  4. Postl, Elisabeth (April 27, 2018). "Regierung wirbt einmal mehr für Rechtsbereinigung" (in German). Presse. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  5. "Türkis-Blau: Das sind die neuen Minister". Kurier. December 16, 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  6. "16-köpfiges ÖVP-FPÖ-Team vereidigt". ORF. December 16, 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  7. "Organisation des Ministeriums" (in German). BMVIT. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  8. Kommenda, Benedikt (February 26, 2018). "Der gar nicht so heimliche Justizminister" (in German). Presse. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
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