Cabinet Secretary for Justice
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The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, commonly referred to as the Justice Secretary, is a cabinet position in the Scottish Government. The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Justice, with the advent of devolution and the institution of the Scottish Parliament, taking over some of the roles and functions of the former Scottish Office Minister for Home and Health that existed prior to 1999.
The Cabinet Secretary for Justice is responsible for criminal law and procedure, youth justice, criminal justice social work, police, prisons and sentencing policy, legal aid, legal profession, courts and law reform, anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights, fire and rescue services, community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law, religious and faith organisations.
The following executive agencies report to him:
|Name||Portrait||Entered office||Left office||Party||First Minister|
|Jim Wallace||16 May 1999||20 May 2003||Liberal Democrats||Donald Dewar
|Cathy Jamieson||20 May 2003||16 May 2007||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
|Kenny MacAskill||16 May 2007||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|