Department of Justice (DOJ) (Federal Agency Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: June 22, 1870
ADDRESS: 10th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530
PHONE: (202) 514-2000
TDD (HEARING IMPAIRED): (800) 514-3883
FAX: (202) 514-4371
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Janet Reno
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is self-described as "the largest law firm in the nation," and its primary client is the United States government. The DOJ represents the government in federal cases and investigates and prosecutes violations of federal law. In addition, the DOJ is charged with protecting the public interest and the safety of the nation and is responsible for overseeing the federal correctional system and developing crime prevention programs.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The Department of Justice is a cabinet-level agency and is part of the executive branch of government. The department is organized into the following offices: Executive Direction and Management, Investigatory and Law Enforcement, Legal and Policy, and Litigation.
The Executive Direction and Management...
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Justice Department (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is the EXECUTIVE BRANCH department responsible for handling the legal work of the federal government. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the DOJ is the largest legal organization in the United States, with more than 100,000 employees nationwide and a budget of approximately $30 billion.
The DOJ comprises many administrative units whose responsibilities involve either representing the United States' interests in court or enforcing federal laws. Many of the department's activities involve traditional legal and investigative functions, such as filing suits on behalf of the United States or apprehending criminals. Other department functions are administrative. For example, the Office of Policy Development is devoted to long-term policy planning.
At the top of the department is the attorney general, who is appointed by the president and must be confirmed by the Senate. A key member of the president's cabinet, the attorney general supervises the many divisions, bureaus, and offices of the DOJ. Unlike other cabinet members, however, the attorney general also functions as a practicing attorney, serving as the president's legal adviser.
Below the attorney general are the deputy attorney general, the associate attorney general, and the
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