The U.S. Department of Justice Releases Updated Justice Manual

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released an updated version of the United States Attorneys’ Manual, now titled the Justice Manual, marking the first comprehensive overhaul of the resource in more than 20 years. The manual contains internal DOJ guidance, serving to enhance efficiency, promote consistency, and ensure DOJ employees can readily access applicable department policies. The release of the updated guidelines also increases transparency and accountability for the public.

More than 200 DOJ employees, primarily career attorneys, collaborated to revise the manual to ensure that it reflects current law and department practice. The changes helped to identify and minimize redundancies, clarify ambiguities, and eliminate excess language. Additionally, DOJ added new policies on topics such as third-party settlement payments. The manual is organized into nine primary titles – Organization and Functions, Appeals, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, Civil, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Tax, Antitrust, Civil Rights, and Criminal – and includes separate associated resource manuals.

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