Ministry of Government Legislation

Ministry of Government Legislation
Agency overview
Formed August 15, 1948 (First Establishment)
December 26, 1962 (Second Establishment)
Jurisdiction  Republic of Korea
Headquarters Government Complex-sejong, 20 Doum 5-ro, Sejong-si 30102, Republic of Korea
Agency executive
  • Je Jeong-Boo, Minister of Government Legislation
Parent agency Government of South Korea
Ministry of Government Legislation

The Ministry of Government Legislation (Hangul: 법제처; Hanja: 法制處) is a branch of the government of South Korea. The headquarters are in Sejong.


In the early era of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), the Geum-sang-jo-rye-sa under Eui-jeong-bu was in charge of government legislative affairs. Before the decree of the king was presented to the Eui-jeong-bu, the decree had to go under close examination by the Geom-sang-jo-rye-sa. This system ensured that there wouldn’t be any inconsistencies or conflicts during the execution of administrative affairs. [1]

On August 15, 1948, with the establishment of the Korean Government, MOLEG took over the Law Drafting Bureau, The Legal Research Bureau and the Secretariat library of the Korean interim government’s judicial branch, which was the provisional administrative office. And it set up a library and 1 agency, 3 divisions and ten departments, in jurisdiction of the Prime Minister’s Office.[1]

On November 29, 1954, as the Prime Minister System was abolished, the name changed to the Legislative Counseling Office of the Ministry of Justice (cabinet ministerial level), having the position of independent central administrative agency. In 1960, the Parliamentary Cabinet system was adopted and as the Secretariat of State Council was established, it was reorganized into the Government Legislative Bureau in the Secretariat of State Council.[1]

On December 26, 1962, the government organization was restructured to that of the presidential system with the amendment of the Constitution. MOLEG was restored to its independent status as a federal administrative body under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister, the status of which continues to this day.[1]


The missions of Ministry of Government Legislation are:[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Ministry of Government Legislation: History". Ministry of Government Legislation. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  2. "Ministry of Government Legislation: About MOLEG". Ministry of Government Legislation. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
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