The Department of Justice (DOJ) is a department of the executive branch of government. The DOJ is responsible for the enforcement of law and administration of justice within the U.S. The Attorney General is the head of the DOJ. He is appointed by the President upon confirmation by the Senate. The head of the DOJ is also a member of the Cabinet.
The DOJ’s mission is “to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.”
The DOJ’s primary duties include:
- Investigating and prosecuting violations of federal laws.
- Representing the United States in all legal matters, including cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.
- Enforcing all immigration laws, providing information, and processing applications for citizenship
- Maintaining the federal prison system, halfway houses, and community programs.
The DOJ is headquartered at Washington D.C. The office building housing the DOJ is called the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building. The building is also referred to as “Main Office.” The DOJ is the world’s largest law office.