Justice Party (South Korea)

Not to be confused with Democratic Justice Party.
Justice Party
Leader Sim Sang-jung (standing)
Na Gyung-che
Floor Leader Roh Hoe-chan
Founded 21 October 2012 (2012-10-21)
Merger of People's Conference
Labor Politics Coalition
Elements of the Labor Party
Split from Unified Progressive Party
Headquarters 7, Gukhoe-daero 70-gil, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul
Membership  (2016) 35,000 [1]
Ideology Majority:
Social democracy[2][3]
Democratic socialism
Left-wing nationalism
Social liberalism
Political position Left-wing[4]
Colours Yellow
Slogan Labor's Hope, Citizen's Dream (노동의 희망, 시민의 꿈, Nodongi himang, simini kkum)
Seats in the National Assembly
6 / 300
0 / 226
Seats within local government
17 / 3,687
Justice Party
Hangul 정의당
Revised Romanization Jeonguidang
McCune–Reischauer Chŏngŭidang

The Justice Party is a left-wing political party in South Korea. It was founded on 21 October 2012 as a split off from the Unified Progressive Party.


The party changed its name from "Progressive Justice Party" to "Justice Party" at the 2nd party congress on 16 July 2013.[5] At the 4th party congress on 22 November 2015, the party officially merged with extra-parliamentary groups: People's Conference (국민모임) and Labor Politics Coalition (노동정치연대) and Progressive+ (진보더하기), which composed of members defected from the Labor Party, after motions to merge the party with the Justice Party failed.

After the merger, Na Gyung-che, leader of the Progressive+, and Kim Se-kyun, leader of People's Conference, were elevated to co-leadership role, while Sim Sang-jung remained as a standing party leader.[6] Kim Se-kyun stepped down from the co-leadership in September 2016.

In the legislative election held in April 2016, the party increased their seat total by one, with the election of Roh Hoe-chan to the Seongsan constituency in the city of Changwon. The party polled 7.2% in the party list ballot, returning in total, six legislators to the National Assembly.


Leaders of the Justice Party

  1. Roh Hoe-chan, Jo Jun-ho (co-serving; 21 October 2012 – 21 July 2013)
  2. Cheon Ho-sun (21 July 2013 – 18 July 2015)
  3. Sim Sang-jung (18 July 2015 – 22 November 2015)
  4. Sim Sang-jung (standing), Na Gyung-che (co-serving; 22 November 2015 – present), Kim Se-kyun (co-serving; 22 November 2015 – 30 September 2016)

Leaders in the National Assembly

  1. Kang Dong-won (21 October 2012 – 2 May 2013)
  2. Sim Sang-jung (2 May 2013 – 9 June 2015)
  3. Jeong Jin-hoo (9 June 2015 – 3 May 2016)
  4. Roh Hoe-chan (3 May 2016 – present)

Election results

Legislative elections

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
6 / 300
1,719,891 / 23,760,977
7.2% Increase 1 seat; Minority Sim Sang-jung

Local elections

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Election leader
0 / 17
0 / 789
0 / 226
11 / 2,898
Cheon Ho-sun


  1. http://mnews.jtbc.joins.com/News/Article.aspx?news_id=NB11202401
  2. 1 2 3 "정의당 강령" [Justice Party platform]. Justice Party. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
  3. 우리는 자유・평등・연대・생태・평화를 실천해 온 세계 진보 정당의 역사적 경험과, 복지국가를 이룩한 사회민주주의의 성과를 21세기 한국에 맞게 창조적으로 발전시켜 나갈 것이다.
  4. "Future of progressives: New Justice Party leader faces many challenges". The Korea Herald. 21 July 2015. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  5. "제2차 당대회(혁신당대회) 회의자료 및 결과". Justice Party (in Korean).
  6. "진보 4개 정당·단체 통합 '정의당' 출범". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 22 November 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016.

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