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What is the Department of Justice?

A Department of Justice is an executive branch department at either the federal or state level that is responsible for the enforcement of the law. A Department of Justice operates under the leadership of the Attorney General and represents the interests of the U.S. or state government in legal matters involving that government.

The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) administers more than 90 U.S. Attorneys Offices throughout the country, which represent the federal government in U.S. district courts and U.S. courts of appeals. The Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys is charged with coordinating U.S. Attorneys Offices.

The USDOJ is also the parent agency for several law enforcement agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). Resources that support law enforcement are administered through other USDOJ offices such as the Community Oriented Policing Services and the Office of Justice Programs. The Office of the Inspector General has the authority to review the law enforcement agencies of the USDOJ as well as other organizations within the department.

Numerous USDOJ offices and divisions have been established in order to enforce specific areas of law. The Civil Rights Division enforces the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Tax Division is tasked with enforcing tax law and promoting voluntary compliance. The USDOJ also operates focused enforcement efforts on environmental law, anti-trust law, and violence against women.

The National Security Division of the USDOJ operates multiple programs to protect the U.S. from threats to the nation's security. This division implements counterterrorism initiatives, conducts intelligence and counterintelligence efforts, and investigates financial transactions for their impact on national security.

State-level Departments of Justice are executive branch departments that fulfill a similar role to the USDOJ. State Departments of Justice have a more narrowly defined scope, but like the USDOJ, they are responsible for enforcing state law and representing the interests of their respective states in legal matters. The states carry out these functions through their offices of the Attorney General. In some states, the Attorney General operates within a state Department of Justice, while in other states, the Attorney General functions as a stand-alone department.