Ministerstvo spravedlnosti, Praha

  • Ministry of Justice, Prague
  • MS
Language of Description
1918 - 1953
Level of Description
  • Czech
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

299,5 linear metres of documents from which 299,5 linear metres are processed and inventoried and 8,5 linear metres are unprocessed. The fonds is partially accessible.

Biographical History

The Ministry of Justice was established in 1918 after the constitution of the first Czechoslovak republic. Its scope of authority was to control to organise and to administer all matters of public courts and prosecutor offices, prison services, pedagogical institutions for the young or matters of Czechoslovak layers and notaries and other formal orders, regulations and laws.

Archival History

The documents were given into the State Central Archive (=the National Archive) in 1953, however the fonds - the Ministry of Justice - is incomplete or more precisely the documents kept in the National Archive come from years 1918 - 1948 (sporadic later), other folders are in various archives - for example: Security Services Archive.

Scope and Content

In the fonds, there are documents and records from the legislative council, public prosecutors and judicial administration department. There are also files containing reports from the criminal department and the prison department.

The jewish related documents are in several boxes concerning more the matter of antisemitism in the Czechoslovak republic in the thirties than the matter of holocaust. In the boxes there can be found complaints on Jewish notaries and layers and also their requests for granting permission to work in law practice. There are also lists (dated between years 1919-1945) of those jewish layers who were excluded from the work in law practice

In box number 245, there are official regulations against the Jewish notaries and layers from 1943.

System of Arrangement

The fonds was arranged according to the content of files into several groups: legislative files, files from the administration of courts, files of the criminal and prison agenda. The part of the fonds are confiscated newspapers and other press (the register of confiscated press from years 1926-1938 is available)

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