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Minister of Justice Raivo Aeg

Raivo Aeg is the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia as of 29 April 2019. He is a member of the political party Isamaa.

Raivo Aeg was born on 4 July 1962. He is married and a father to a son. Aeg became a member of the political party Isamaa in 2014. He was awarded with the 2nd class of the Order of the Cross of the Eagle in 2008.

Employment history

  • In 2015–2019, he was a member of the XIII Riigikogu and Chairman of the Security Authorities Surveillance Select Committee.
  • In 2013–2014, he was an advisor at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.
  • In 2008–2013, he was Director General of the Estonian Internal Security Service.
  • In 2005–2008, he was Director General of the Estonian Police; before that, as of 2003, he was the Deputy Director General of the Estonian Police, and as of 1999, he was head of the Public Safety Department of the Estonian Police.
  • In 1996–1999, he was the prefect of the Rapla police prefecture and before that, as of 1991, he was the leading inspector and deputy prefect of the Saare police prefecture.


Raivo Aeg graduated from the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute in machine engineering in 1985. He speaks Estonian, English, Finnish, and Russian.


Minister of Justice

The minister shall be appointed to office by the President of the Republic on the proposal from the Prime Minister.

  • The Minister of Justice leads the Ministry of Justice and decides on the matters within its area of government. Additionally, the Minister reports on the activities of the Ministry of Justice to the Government of the Republic and submits appropriate proposals on deciding over issues related to the Ministry's area of government.
  • The Minister of Justice makes a proposal to the Government for appointing the Prosecutor General, appoints the Chief State Prosecutor, the Chief Prosecutor, and the State Prosecutor and performs supervisory control over the Office of the Prosecutor General.
  • The Minister of Justice appoints prison directors and releases them from office and determines the marginal rate of imprisoned persons in each specific prison.
  • The Minister of Justice determines the territorial jurisdiction of the county and administrative courts and the exact location of the courts as well as the number of judges working there and appoints the chairmen of the courts, directors of courts, and assistant judges.
  • The Minister of Justice makes proposals to the Government on the Ministry's budget and supplementary budget, if necessary. He decides on the use of budget resources and is responsible for the purposeful use of funds allocated by the European Union and other foreign aid. The Minister also approves the budgets of the state authorities belonging to the area of government of the Ministry of Justice.

Ministry of Justice

  • Plans and carries out national legal and criminal policy to ensure an open and safe society, where people are aware of their rights and can be confident in their protection.
  • Co-ordinates the fight against crime, including crime prevention and national anti-corruption efforts.
  • Coordinates the legislative drafting of the Government and verifies that the Ministries create new legislation in accordance with the Constitution and other laws.
  • Ensures the quality of court registers and the legality of bailiffs, trustees in bankruptcy, notaries, sworn translators, and the Bar Association.
  • Ensures trial smoothness and the availability of high-quality legal assistance and hears requests for international legal assistance.
  • Organises the activities of the county, administrative, and circuit courts and their registries.
  • Organises the prison system and administers prison officer service.
  • Issues the Riigi Teataja and Official Reports.
  • Awards the Badge of Honour for Civic Courage for preventing a crime from happening or other significant contribution to raising the sense of security among fellow citizens.

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Last updated: 3 May 2019