Ministry of Justice (Thailand)

Ministry of Justice

"The Seal of the Scales of Justice" by Prince Narisara Nuvadtivongs
Ministry overview
Formed 25 March 1891
Jurisdiction Government of Thailand
Headquarters Chaengwatthana Road, Amphoe Pak Kret, Nonthaburi
Annual budget 16,507,216,000 Baht (2009)
Minister responsible
  • General Paiboon Khumchaya,
    Minister of Justice

The Ministry of Justice of the Kingdom of Thailand (Thai: กระทรวงยุติธรรม; rtgs: Krasuang Yuttitham; Abrv: MOJ) is a cabinet ministry in the Government of Thailand. The ministry is in charge of the criminal justice system in the kingdom. As well as running prisons and aiding the Royal Thai Police, the ministry also runs the government's drug and narcotic control policies. The ministry is headed by the Minister of Justice, General Paiboon Khumchaya.[1]


The ministry was established in 1891 by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). The monarch centralized the court and judicial system of the country. The sixteen courts were combined into seven courts. In 1912, under King Vajiravudh (Rama VI), the ministry was divided when the Court of Justice was given responsibilities over judicial affairs and the ministry retained responsibility for the legal and administrative areas.

In 1991, the National Assembly of Thailand passed the Improvement of Government Organisation Act. Article 21 of the act indicated the ministry was to be responsible for the administration of the Courts of Justice (except for adjudications and the criminal justice system.[2]



Dependent departments

Department directly under the justice minister

Independent departments

See also


Coordinates: 13°54′15.29″N 100°31′47.43″E / 13.9042472°N 100.5298417°E / 13.9042472; 100.5298417

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