20th September 2018

Department of Justice (DOJ)

The United States Department Of Justice (DOJ)

What Is The United States Department Of Justice (DOJ)?

The Department of Justice (DOJ) was created in 1870 to assist the Office of the Attorney General (then a single-person, part-time position) with its efforts to “prosecute and conduct all suits in the Supreme Court” concerning the United States. As the regulatory reach of the government grew, so did the structure and scope of the Justice Department.

Today, the DOJ is the largest law office in the world, with a budget of $25 billion and numerous offices, boards, and divisions, including the offices of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, Associate Attorney General, and Solicitor General.

What does the Department of Justice do?

The DOJ functions to enforce the laws of the United States, representing its citizens in legal proceedings and protecting them against criminal activity. The stated mission of the DOJ is to:

  • Enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law
  • Ensure public safety against threats both foreign and domestic
  • Provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime
  • Seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior
  • Ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans

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