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Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu

Urmas Reinsalu is the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia from 23 November 2016. He is a member of the Isamaa Party.

  • Urmas Reinsalu was also the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Estonia from 2015–2016.
  • In 2014–2015, Urmas Reinsalu was a member of XII Riigikogu.
  • In 2012–2014, he was the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Estonia.
  • In 2007–2013, Reinsalu was a member of the X, XI and XII Riigikogu.
  • In 2002–2003, he was a lecturer in the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences.
  • In 2001–2002, Reinsalu worked as Political Secretary of the Res Publica party.
  • In 1998–2001, Reinsalu worked as a Director of the Office of the President of the Republic of Estonia. Prior to this (from 1997), he was an Adviser to the President of the Republic of Estonia on domestic policy.
  • In 1996–1997, he worked as a specialist in public law in the Estonian Ministry of Justice.
  • Born in Tallinn on 22 June 1975, Urmas Reinsalu graduated from Tallinn Secondary School No. 37 and attained a law degree from University of Tartu.

Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu



Minister of Justice

The Minister is appointed and released from office by 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: 7 August 2018