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A look at the Justice Ministry’s Department of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs

 

The Department of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs at the Ministry of Justice acts in line with its commitments based on its organizational responsibilities, annual operational plans and the cases the justice minister assigns to it.
The department has taken various measures in its sub-departments, including in the Directorate General in charge of pursuing judicial cases, blood money and damage to public funds, the Office of Legal Affairs and Comparative Studies, the Directorate General of Crime Prevention, and the Directorate General of Parliamentary Affairs, to boost convergence between the three government branches. It also aims to strengthen their constructive relations by creating proper mechanisms to maximize utilization of the ministry’s existing potential.

Deputy Justice Minister for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
Ali Farhadi

Major measures
The following are some of the key measures the Department of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has taken:
1. Following up and defending the judicial bills debated within the government and in the Islamic Consultative Assembly until they bear fruit and commenting on the judicial bills MPs put forward
2. Defending non-judicial bills the government sends to the Islamic Consultative Assembly (including in the specialty commissions of the government, in the Islamic Consultative Assembly, and on parliament floor)
3. Formulating laws and bylaws the government or the Judiciary sends to the Ministry of Justice
4. Preparing and formulating bills the government or the Judiciary refers to the Ministry of Justice, and carrying out research projects
5. Taking part in efforts aimed at piecing together bills, bylaws and bilateral and multilateral judicial agreements in cooperation with the appropriate governmental bodies and in line with the ministry’s missions
6. Pursuing the questions raised and notices given by the MPs to the justice minister, making coordination with parliament’s Legal and Judicial Committee, collecting related documents and information, and trying to offer a convincing response to the MP(s) who puts/put forward the question
7. Interacting with members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly by setting the stage for correspondence and face-to-face meetings between the MPs and judicial officials and those of the Ministry of Justice; reviewing public demands the ministry receives from the MPs, conveying them to related authorities, and pursuing them; and reviewing the problems associated with the judicial sources and units affiliated to the Judiciary in [different] constituencies
8. Pursuing and participating in efforts to prevent crimes in a bid to reduce legal claims and [promote] judicial hygiene, especially when it comes to executive bodies which work in line with the Judiciary
9. Handling what is related to the payment of blood money from public coffers
10. Compensating for the losses suffered by those individuals who are the subject of Article 171 of the Constitution, and as envisioned in the Law of Criminal Procedure (Article 255 onward), and Article 30 of the Code of Judicial Ethics adopted in 2011
11. Pursuing claims for or against governmental bodies in the Judiciary
12. Managing and administrating the affairs of the workshop to protect the victims of crimes
13. Administrating the affairs of the jury which is the subject of Article 20-23 of the Third Development Plan law, envisioned in Article 9 of the Fourth Development Plan and Article 30 of the Law on the General Policies of Article 44 of the Constitution
14. Setting the stage for cooperation and coordination between the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary in line with signing bilateral or multilateral agreements on judicial cooperation with other countries
15. Promoting and deepening the culture of raising people’s legal awareness and the level of their law-abidance
16. Reflecting the views and proposals of the Judiciary chief on the bills the MPs put forward, partially or totally related to judicial affairs
17. Conveying the views and proposals of the members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly on judicial affairs to senior officials of the Judiciary
18. Organizing face-to-face meetings between members of parliament’s specialized committees, caucuses and the Judiciary chief and other senior officials of the agencies affiliated to the Judiciary, and preparing the ground for the presence of senior Judiciary officials in parliament to establish interdepartmental cooperation and interaction
19. Dejudicializing the cases and stopping the flow of legal cases to the Ministry of Justice
20. Conveying the demands of the MPs on judicial questions to the Judiciary chief and related bodies and the Judiciary
21. Making coordination for the presence of judicial officials and experts in governmental and parliamentary committee sessions to defend the judicial bills
22. Conducting comparative studies on legal affairs
23. Dealing with and formulating statements of defense for the charges and complaints filed with the Court of Administrative Justice against the subject of Article 71 of the Act on Civil Service Management [(Principles, Basics and Proposed Strategies)] (for the implementation of Articles 170 and 173 of the Constitution and the law adopted by the Court of Administrative Justice)
24. Carrying out a legal review of the inspection reports released by the General Inspection Organization of Iran on bylaws, [cabinet] decrees, circulars and directives issued by the government and the president – which is the subject of Article 174 of the Constitution and the law on the formation of the General Inspection Organization (GIO) and its reforms, and other laws which envision GIO’s inspection duties; and offering legal solutions to make up for and remove the existing shortcomings, and preparing a proper response for that organization
25. Making comments and offering proposals on the judicial and non-judicial bills and plans for the cases the government has referred to the Ministry of Justice
26. Preparing responses to the legal queries institutes and individuals submit to the ministry
27. Reviewing judicial verdicts based on which the Ministry of Justice has been asked to pay blood money from public funds, at the same time attending court sessions across the country to defend public funds, and – if necessary – file appeals, implementing Article 18 of the amendment of the law that oversees the formation of the public and revolutionary courts, and – as a replacement – urging the implementation of Article 477 of the Law of Criminal Procedure
28. Launching cooperation with a panel overseeing the privatization of state-run institutes, and the stocks and assets of governmental bodies, which is the subject of a law on the implementation of the general policies of Article 44 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran
29. Launching cooperation with the Arbitration Center of Iran Chamber (ACIC)
30. Handling the affairs assigned by the minister and the competent officials.



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