For an overview of the departments within the Ministry of Security and Justice see the organisation chart.

The judiciary, which consists of judges and public prosecutors, is not a department of the Ministry of Security and Justice. Yet its organisations are directly linked to the ministry.

The National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security (Nationaal Coördinator Terrorismebestrijding en Veiligheid) or NCTV falls under the responsibility of the Minister of Security and Justice. The Minister of Security and Justice is also responsible for the police.

These organisations generally work in the same manner towards bringing about a safer and more just society: by intervening in people’s lives. Sometimes this intervention is vigorous and decisive; such as when a child is removed from the home and placed elsewhere or when a convicted person is remanded in custody. Sometimes this intervention is small; such as when a fine is imposed. But in all cases, they concern interventions that only the Ministry of Security and Justice is able and permitted to perform.