Ministry of Justice (South Korea)

South Korea's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is a cabinet-level ministry overseeing justice affairs, headed by the Minister of Justice. It is responsible for prosecution, sentencing, immigration control, and the protection of human rights.

Ministry of Justice
법무부
法務部
Beobmubu
Emblem of the Ministry of Justice
Agency overview
FormedJuly 17, 1948
JurisdictionGovernment of South Korea
HeadquartersBuilding #1, Gwacheon Government Complex, Jungang-dong1, Gwacheon-si, Kyunggi-do, South Korea
Ministers responsible
  • Cho Kuk, Minister of Justice
  • Kim Osu, Vice Minister
WebsiteOfficial Ministry of Justice website in English

Its headquarters are located in Building #1 of the Gwacheon Government Complex in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi Province.[1][2]

Established on July 17, 1948, the Ministry of Justice is the only ministry whose name has never been changed or altered in the history of the Republic of Korea.

Agencies

List of Ministers of Justice


Name Term of office Duration President Ref.
1 Lee In 2 August 19485 June 1949 307 days Rhee Syng-man [3]
2 Kwon Seung-ryul 6 June 194921 May 1950 349 days [3][4]
3 Yi U-ik 22 May 195022 November 1950 184 days [3]
4 Kim Jun-yeon 23 November 19506 May 1951 164 days [3]
5 Jo Jin-man 7 May 19514 March 1952 302 days [3]
6 Seo Sang-hwan 5 March 195229 June 1954 2 years, 116 days [3]
7 Jo Yong-sun 30 June 195415 September 1955 1 year, 77 days [3]
8 Yi Ho 16 September 195519 February 1958 2 years, 156 days [3]
9 Hong Jin-ki 20 February 195823 March 1960 2 years, 32 days [3]
10 Kwon Seung-ryul 25 April 196019 August 1960 116 days Heo Jeong (acting) [3]
11 Jo Jae-cheon 23 August 19602 May 1961 252 days Yun Bo-seon [3]
12 Yi Byeong-ha 3 May 196118 May 1961 15 days [3]
13 Go Won-jeung 19 May 19618 January 1962 234 days [3]
14 Jo Byeong-il 9 January 196231 January 1963 1 year, 22 days Park Chung-hee (acting) [3]
15 Jang Yeong-sun 1 February 196321 April 1963 79 days [3]
16 Min Bok-ki 22 April 196316 December 1963 3 years, 156 days [3]
17 December 196325 September 1966 Park Chung-hee
17 Gwon O-byeong 26 September 196620 May 1968 1 year, 237 days [3]
18 Yi Ho 21 May 196820 December 1970 2 years, 213 days [3]
19 Bae Yeong-ho 21 December 19703 June 1971 164 days [3]
20 Sin Jik-su 4 June 19712 December 1973 2 years, 181 days [3]
21 Yi Bong-seong 3 December 197317 September 1974 288 days [3]
22 Hwang San-deok 18 September 19743 December 1976 2 years, 76 days [3]
23 Yi Seon-jung 4 December 197621 December 1978 2 years, 17 days [3]
24 Kim Chi-yeol 22 December 197813 December 1979 356 days [3]
25 Baek Sang-gi 14 December 197921 May 1980 159 days Choi Kyu-hah [3]
26 O Tak-geun 22 May 19809 April 1981 322 days Chun Doo-hwan [3]
27 Yi Jong-won 10 April 198120 May 1982 1 year, 40 days [3]
28 Jeong Chi-geun 21 May 198223 June 1982 33 days [3]
29 Bae Myeong-in 24 June 198218 February 1985 2 years, 239 days [3]
30 Kim Seok-hwi 19 February 198515 July 1985 146 days [3]
31 Kim Seong-gi 16 July 198525 May 1987 1 year, 313 days [3]
32 Jeong Hae-chang 26 May 198724 February 1988 1 year, 192 days [3]
25 February 19884 December 1988 Roh Tae-woo
33 Heo Hyeong-gu 5 December 198818 March 1990 1 year, 103 days [3]
34 Yi Jong-nam 19 March 199026 May 1991 1 year, 68 days [3]
35 Kim Gi-chun 27 May 19918 October 1992 1 year, 134 days [3]
36 Yi Jeong-u 9 October 199225 February 1993 139 days [3]
37 Bak Hui-tae 26 February 19937 March 1993 9 days Kim Young-sam [3][5]
38 Kim Doo-Hee 8 March 199323 December 1994 1 year, 290 days [3]
39 An U-man 24 December 19945 March 1997 2 years, 71 days [3]
40 Choe Sang-yeop 6 March 19974 August 1997 151 days [3]
41 Kim Jong-gu 5 August 19972 March 1998 209 days [3]
42 Bak Sang-cheon 3 March 199823 May 1999 1 year, 81 days Kim Dae-jung [3]
43 Kim Tae-jeong 24 May 19997 June 1999 14 days [3]
44 Kim Jeong-gil 8 June 199920 May 2001 1 year, 346 days [3]
45 An Dong-su 21 May 200123 May 2001 2 days [3][6]
46 Choe Gyeong-won 24 May 200128 January 2002 249 days [3]
47 Choe Gyeong-won 29 January 200210 July 2002 162 days [3]
(44) Sim Sang-myeong 11 July 20025 November 2002 117 days [3]
48 Sim Sang-myeong 9 November 200226 February 2003 109 days [3]
49 Kang Kum-sil 27 February 200328 July 2004 1 year, 152 days Roh Moo-hyun [3][7]
50 Kim Seung-kew 29 July 200429 June 2005 335 days [3]
51 Chun Jung-bae 29 June 200526 July 2006 1 year, 27 days [3]
52 Kim Seong-ho 28 August 20063 September 2007 1 year, 6 days [3]
53 Jeong Seong-jin 4 September 200728 February 2008 177 days [3]
54 Kim Gyeong-han 29 February 200829 September 2009 1 year, 213 days Lee Myung-bak [3]
55 Yi Gwi-nam 30 September 200910 August 2011 1 year, 314 days [3]
56 Gwon Jae-jin 12 August 201111 March 2013 1 year, 211 days [3]
57 Hwang Kyo-ahn 11 March 201313 June 2015 2 years, 94 days Park Geun-hye [8]
Kim Ju-hyeon (acting) 13 June 20159 July 2015 26 days
58 Kim Hyeon-ung 9 July 201529 November 2016 1 year, 143 days [8]
Yi Chang-jae (acting) 29 November 201621 May 2017 173 days
Yi Geum-ro (acting) 22 May 201718 July 2017 27 days Moon Jae-in
59 Park Sang-ki 19 July 20178 September 2019 2 years, 51 days [8][9]
60 Cho Kuk 9 September 201914 October 2019 35 days [8][10]
Kim O-su (acting) 14 October 2019Incumbent 56 days

See also

References

  1. "Location." (Archive) Ministry of Justice (Republic of Korea). Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Building #1, Gwacheon Government Complex, Jungang-dong1, Gwacheon-si, Kyunggi-do."
  2. "Location." Ministry of Justice (Republic of Korea). October 20, 2011. Retrieved on January 1, 2014. "Building #5, Gwacheon Government Complex, Jungang-dong1, Gwacheon-si, Kyunggi-do."
  3. "기관연혁 상세정보". National Archives of Korea. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  4. Seo Yong-tai (October 2010). "1920~1930년대 권승렬의 변호사 활동" [The Lawyer Kwon Seung-Ryul's Activities in the 1920s and 1930s]. The Journal of Korean History. 25: 237. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  5. 류정인 (11 January 2012). "'딸 편법입학' 박희태, 또 '부정부패'로 사퇴하나". Media Today. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  6. 김창혁; 신석호; 이명건 (23 May 2001). "[안법무 사퇴까지 긴박 43시간] '장관이 거짓말을… 포기하자'". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  7. 안길찬 (27 February 2003). "[파격장관] 첫 여성 법무 강금실 장관". Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. "법무부장관 연혁". Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
  9. 민병권 (27 June 2017). "새 법무장관에 박상기 경제정의실천연합 대표 지명". Seoul Economy. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  10. "문 대통령, 조국 후보자 임명... 2시 대국민 메시지 예정". 9 September 2019. Retrieved 9 September 2019.


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