The strategy is put into practice through a performance agreement
The strategy of the Ministry of Justice describes the Ministry's vision, basic function and overall objectives.
The strategy is put into practice through a performance agreement, which covers a period of four years at a time. The agreement lays down the practical measures and resources for achieving the performance targets, taking into account the Government's policies and changes in the operating environment. The performance targets of the Ministry of Justice are reviewed annually in the negotiations between the Permanent Secretary, the Ministry's departments and the advisory staff to the Permanent Secretary.
The achievement of the targets is assessed each year in the annual report, which is part of the Ministry's final accounts. In August, a half-yearly report is prepared, which includes an initial assessment of the foreseeable risks, changes in the operating environment and ways to manage them.
Performance targets for the agencies in the Ministry’s administrative branch are agreed upon in the performance target negotiations conducted between the Ministry and the agency concerned. The performance targets for the administrative branch are based on the policies already adopted by the Minister during the preparation of the budget, and they are confirmed by the Permanent Secretary on presentation of the Director General of the Department for Administration and Oversight.