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What does the Chancellor of Justice do?

The Chancellor of Justice serves as the supreme guardian of the law. The Chancellor of Justice oversees the legality of the activities of the Government and the President of the Republic. The Chancellor of Justice also oversees that the authorities comply with the law and fulfil their duties. Citizens can file complaints with the Chancellor of Justice about an authority’s activities that they suspect to be illegal.

Chancellor of Justice and Parliamentary Ombudsman

Finland has two supreme and independent guardians of the law: the Chancellor of Justice of the Government and the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Despite their largely parallel duties and powers, there are certain differences in the duties of the Chancellor of Justice and the Parliamentary Ombudsman.

Read about the differences between the duties of the Chancellor of Justice and the Parliamentary Ombudsman.