GET TO KNOW THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE AND LAW
What is it?
The Ministry of Justice and Law is a central-level entity, head of the Justice and Law Sector, which leads the development of public policy with regards to justice and the protection of rights, within the framework of a Legal Social and Democratic State. The Justice and Law sector, which leads, is made up of the following related bodies: • The Unidad de Servicios Penitenciarios y Carcelarios (Prison and Penitentiary Services Unit) USPC. • The Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario (National Prison and Penitentiary Unit) INPEC • The Agencia Nacional para la Defensa Jurídica del Estado (National Agency for Legal Defense of the State) ANDJE. • La Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro (Superintendency for Notaries and Registries) SNR. • La Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes (National Narcotics Directorate) DNE (in liquidation).
What does it do?
The Ministry of Justice and Law formulates, adopts, directs, coordinates and executes public policy with regards to the law, legal defense and security, access to formal and alternative justice, the fight against crime, prison and penitentiary affairs, transitional judicial mechanisms, crime prevention and control, promoting a law-abiding culture and harmony and respect for rights, within the Administrative Sector for Justice and Law, coordinating relations between the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Public Prosecutor and control agencies to develop and consolidate public policy for justice and law.
What is it for?
The Ministry of Justice and Law is the State entity which is responsible for: Coordinating relations between the Executive Branch, the Judicial Branch, the Public Prosecutor and control agencies for justice and law by formulating, adopting, promoting and coordinating policies and strategies in: rationalization, reform and defense of the law; public legal management; the exercise of the legal profession; disseminating legal information; transitional and restorative justice, as well as those policies which facilitate access to formal and alternative justice, all within the framework of existing legislation. This also goes for the fight against illicit drugs, money laundering, embezzlement, financial terrorism, managing seized assets and forfeiture.
Where is it located?
You can find the Ministry of Justice and Law on street 53 No. 13-27 (Bogotá), or by visiting www.minjusticia.gov.co.
Who does it serve?
Anyone who requires its services, be they natural or legal persons, nationals or foreigners.