The Chancellor of Justice

The Chancellor of Justice of the Government, along with the Parliamentary Ombudsman, is the supreme guardian of the law in Finland. The duties of the Chancellor of Justice are carried out by the Chancellor of Justice as well as the Deputy Chancellor of Justice and the substitute for the Deputy Chancellor of Justice. The Deputy Chancellor of Justice and his or her substitute independently resolve matters that are brought to their attention. The President of the Republic appoints the Chancellor of Justice and Deputy Chancellor of Justice, and names the substitute for the Deputy Chancellor of Justice. An assignment to serve as substitute to the Deputy Chancellor of Justice is temporary, with a maximum term of five years.

The Chancellor of Justice is called upon to resolve, in particular, matters concerning the supervision of the Government, as well as matters of principle or of far-reaching consequence. The work division between the Chancellor of Justice and Deputy Chancellor of Justice is defined in detail in the standing order of the Office of the Chancellor of Justice. In practice, the Deputy Chancellor of Justice resolves the majority of the complaints and carries out most inspections. If the Chancellor of Justice is unable to perform his duties, the Deputy Chancellor of Justice will stand in on his behalf. If the Chancellor of Justice and/or the Deputy Chancellor of Justice are unable to perform their duties, the Chancellor of Justice will call on the substitute for the Deputy Chancellor to stand in.

The current Chancellor of Justice is Mr. Jaakko Jonkka, LL.D. The current Deputy Chancellor of Justice is Mr. Risto Hiekkataipale, LL.M. trained on the bench. The substitute for the Deputy Chancellor of Justice is Mr. Kimmo Hakonen, LL.M., who currently holds the position as the Secretary General at the Office of the Chancellor of Justice.