Minister for Justice (Sweden)

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Minister for Justice of Sweden
Statsråd och chef för Justitiedepartementet
Lesser coat of arms of Sweden
Incumbent
Gunnar Strömmer
since 18 October 2022
Ministry of Justice
Member ofGovernment of Sweden
National Security Council
AppointerThe Prime Minister
Term lengthNo fixed term,
Serves at the discretion of the Prime Minister
Inaugural holderLouis Gerhard De Geer
Formation20 March 1876
Websitewww.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/584

The Minister for Justice, (

Constitution of Sweden
.

The current Minister for Justice is Gunnar Strömmer of the Moderate Party.

History

The office was instituted in 1809 as a result of the constitutional Instrument of Government promulgated in the same year. Until 1876 the office was called Prime Minister for Justice (Swedish: justitiestatsminister), similar to the office of Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs (Swedish: utrikesstatsminister). Until 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice also served as a member of the Supreme Court. Following the ministry reform in 1840, the Prime Minister for Justice became head of the newly instituted Ministry of Justice. In 1876 the office proper of Prime Minister of Sweden was created and at the same time the Minister for Justice was created. Before 1876 the Prime Minister for Justice had in practice been granted exclusively to members of the most prominent noble families.

List of officeholders

Prime Ministers for Justice (1809–1876)

Name Took office Left office Political party
Carl Axel Wachtmeister 9 June 1809 5 April 1810
Independent
Fredrik Gyllenborg 5 April 1810 18 August 1829
Independent
Mathias Rosenblad 18 August 1829 16 May 1840
Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 16 May 1840 5 September 1840
Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh (acting) 5 September 1840 14 January 1841
Independent
Carl Petter Törnebladh 14 January 1841 5 January 1843
Independent
Lars Herman Gyllenhaal 5 January 1843 28 December 1844
Independent
Johan Nordenfalk 28 December 1844 9 March 1846
Independent
Arvid Mauritz Posse 23 March 1846 10 April 1848
Independent
Gustaf Sparre 10 April 1848 25 September 1856
Independent
Claës Günther 25 September 1856 7 April 1858
Independent
Louis De Geer
7 April 1858 3 June 1870
Independent
Axel Adlercreutz
3 June 1870 8 April 1874
Independent
Edvard Carleson 4 May 1874 11 May 1875
Independent
Louis De Geer
11 May 1875 20 March 1876
Independent

Ministers for Justice (1876–present)

Color key

  Independent
Historical parties:   Lantmanna   Moderate   National Party   

Liberals
  
Liberals
  Liberals   
Liberals

Present parties:   Social Democrats   Moderate   Centre   Left   Liberals   Christian Democrats   Green   Sweden Democrats

Status

  Denotes acting Minister for Justice

Portrait Minister for Justice
(Born-Died)
Term Political Party Coalition Cabinet
Took office Left office Duration
 
Independent
De Geer d.ä. Cabinet
 
Independent
De Geer d.ä. Cabinet
 
Independent
Posse Cabinet
Thyselius Cabinet
Themptander Cabinet
 
Independent
Gillis Bildt Cabinet
 
Independent
Gillis Bildt Cabinet
 
Independent
Åkerhielm Cabinet
Boström I Cabinet
 
Independent
Von Otter Cabinet
 
Independent
Von Otter Cabinet
 
Ossian Berger
Berger, OssianOssian Berger
(1849–1914)
5 July 1902 (1902-07-05)2 August 1905 (1905-08-02)3 years, 28 daysLantmannaBoström II Cabinet
Ramstedt Cabinet
 
L
Lundeberg Cabinet
 
L
Staaff I Cabinet
 
Electoral League
Lindman I Cabinet
 
L
Staaff II Cabinet
 
Independent
Hammarskjöld Cabinet
 
Electoral League
National PartySwartz Cabinet
 
Edén Cabinet
 
Branting I Cabinet
 
Branting I Cabinet
 
Independent
De Geer Cabinet
Von Sydow Cabinet
 
Branting II Cabinet
 
Independent
National PartyTrygger Cabinet
 
Branting III Cabinet
Sandler Cabinet
 
L–L
Ekman I Cabinet
 
Electoral League
Lindman II Cabinet
 
L
Ekman II Cabinet
Hamrin Cabinet
 
Karl Schlyter
Schlyter, KarlKarl Schlyter
(1879–1959)
24 September 1932 (1932-09-24)19 June 1936 (1936-06-19)3 years, 269 daysSocial DemocratsS/SAPHansson I Cabinet
 
C
Pehrsson-Bramstorp Cabinet
 
Hansson III Cabinet
 
Hansson III Cabinet
 
Erlander I Cabinet
Erlander II Cabinet
 Erlander II Cabinet
Erlander III Cabinet
 
Herman Kling
Kling, HermanHerman Kling
(1913–1985)
1 December 1959 (1959-12-01)14 October 1969 (1969-10-14)9 years, 317 daysSocial DemocratsS/SAPErlander III Cabinet
 
Palme I Cabinet
 
Ullsten Cabinet
 
Fälldin II Cabinet
 
Fälldin III Cabinet
 
Palme II Cabinet
 
Palme II Cabinet
 
Carlsson I Cabinet
 
Carlsson I Cabinet
 
Carlsson I Cabinet
 
Carlsson I Cabinet
 
Carlsson II Cabinet
 
Bildt Cabinet
 
Persson Cabinet
 
Persson Cabinet
 
Persson Cabinet
 
Reinfeldt Cabinet
 
Andersson Cabinet
 
Kristersson Cabinet
  • According to the data above, Anna-Greta Leijon was the first female appointed as the Minister for Justice (1983). However, Laila Freivalds was the first female with a legal credential to become the Minister for Justice (1988–1991; 1994–2000)--as Leijon had a labor background.

See also

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