1-1.000 - Introduction
1-1.100 - Purpose
The Justice Manual contains publicly available Department of Justice (DOJ) policies and procedures.
1-1.200 - Authority
The Justice Manual is prepared under the supervision of the Attorney General and under the direction of the Deputy Attorney General. The Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) coordinates the revision of the Justice Manual in consultation with Department components and leadership. When the Justice Manual conflicts with earlier DOJ statements, the Justice Manual controls.
The Justice Manual provides internal DOJ guidance. It is not intended to, does not, and may not be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter civil or criminal. Nor are any limitations hereby placed on otherwise lawful litigation prerogatives of DOJ.
1-1.300 - Revisions
Proposed substantive changes to the Justice Manual may be submitted by the leadership of any component. Substantive changes by the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General, or the Associate Attorney General are effective upon issuance. All other proposed substantive changes must be reviewed by the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) and the heads of any affected DOJ components before being incorporated. When one component objects to a proposed change, that component will communicate with the proposing component to try and reconcile their differences. Unresolved issues will be decided by the Attorney General or the Deputy Attorney General.
Clerical changes to the Justice Manual do not require cross-component review before incorporation. Clerical changes should be sent to the Justice Manual staff through the Director of EOUSA.
[updated April 2018]