1. Child Abuse Prevention

Eradicating child abuse is one of our key priorities.

The Ministry is working to improve child abuse prevention laws and systems. The Act on Special Cases Concerning the Punishment, etc. of Child Abuse Crimes came into force on September 29, 2014 and public prosecutors take stringent measures against child abuse cases. The abused child is provided with intermediary services, public defender services, medical treatment subsidy, counseling and other legal and financial assistance.

Early detection of child abuse

It is very difficult to detect child abuse early because more than 85% of abusers are family members. That means prompt reporting of suspected abuse is of paramount importance. The Ministry obligates teachers, physicians and others who are in a position to easily detect signs of child abuse to report the abuse case to encourage reporting of and allow early detection of child abuse.

Prompt and stringent actions against child abuse

Public prosecutors perform thorough investigation into child abuse incidents with a strong sense of responsibility in 58 offices across the country. They determine what actions should be taken regarding an abuser among isolation from or prohibition of access to the child, restriction on or suspension of parental right, etc. and enforce them expeditiously.

Appropriate care for abused children

In the criminal justice process, the Ministry provides intermediary services to facilitate communication with the child and legal aid by allowing the child to be represented by a public defender. Our medical subsidy and counseling help the abused child maintain good mental health.

Child abuse prevention education and campaign

The Ministry raises awareness of child abuse as crime through education and media campaign. We run ads on public transportation and other channels and deliver child abuse prevention classes to children at schools.

아동학대 예방과 근절을 위한 대책을 마련한 법무부

2. Crime Victim Protection and Support

We deliver financial, medical and legal support to victims and their families affected by crime. Our officers help them recover from the traumatic experience and return to their normal lives as soon as possible by providing useful information and taking protective measures.

smaile center example

After a crime takes place

The crime victim or his or her family can call the Victim Support Office (1301) or the Victim Support Center (1577-1295) for help.

If you fear revenge from the offender and feel insecure at home

We offer victims safety devices (alerting the police with the push of a button) and shelters (safe homes), relocation expenses for victims who must move and accompany the victim to court proceedings, where appropriate.

If you suffer physical or mental injury or economic loss

The Ministry’s crime victim compensation programs generally cover expenses for relief of criminal injury, medical treatment and nursing, living costs, tuitions, funeral expenses, etc. and our housing assistance program allows access to affordable rental houses. Smile Centers provide psychotherapy and temporary accommodation to help victims recover from the effects of crime.

If you need support in the criminal justice process

The Ministry provides victims with necessary information on matters such as the victim’s rights in the criminal justice process, types of assistance offered to victims and information about the offender. Our intermediary services assist children or the physically challenged who were sexually abused during communicating in the investigation and trial processes.

If you need legal aid

We allow victims of sexual violence and child abuse to be represented by public defenders and provide indigent victims with pro-bono legal counseling (“Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers” service) and free representation in courts (the service administered by the Korea Legal Aid Corporation).

3. Charitable Trust

Legal services reaching out to rural areas

Charitable trust allows donors to deposit cash or other assets to an individual or organization they can trust to manage them and the proceeds therefrom to fund activities serving the public good. The Charitable Trust Act, which suggests a new way of donation, came into force on March 19, 2015.

Looking for a way of donation you can trust?

Korea, the world’s 13th largest economy, stands at a low 60th in terms of donation. Donation by high-income individuals can move it into mainstream culture. The key barrier for high-income earners to donating is lack of trust in fundraisers to use the donated assets properly. The MOJ established the charitable trust system to provide our citizens a reliable and easy way to make donations.

Make donations easy

Any individual or organization can create a charitable trust by signing a trust agreement and getting approval from the MOJ. A separate body to manage the fund is not needed. This way, charitable trust provides a simpler and more cost-effective alternative to existing donation methods that require establishment of a non-profit entity.

Transparent operation

We ensure the transparency and soundness of charitable trusts by posting operation information about trusts online and conducting financial audits by the Ministry or independent auditors.

Cause of your choice

Once a charitable trust is set up in support of a particular cause, the fund is distributed for that purpose only to honor the donor’s original intent. This gives the donor the effect of setting up a “foundation of his or her own” at a low cost.

How can I set up a charitable trust?

Charitable trust can fund any programs or projects that promote charitable purposes (e.g. provision of scholarship, welfare, advancement of children’s rights). A donor can choose the cause he or she wishes to support and deposit cash or other assets either at once or over several times. Conclude a trust agreement with an individual, financial institution or non-profit that you can trust and file an application for approval with the MOJ, and you will be notified of the result within 3 months. To learn more, please contact the Commercial Legal Affairs Division of the MOJ at 02-2110-3167.

To learn more about charitable trust
Commercial Litigation Division :
Website :

4. Government Fund Recovery Litigation Team

The Government Fund Recovery Litigation Team strives to prevent government funds from being used for wrong purposes.

Korea suffers from a huge loss of government budget every year due to corrupt acts, wrongdoings and violent illegal demonstrations against the State. To tackle this issue, the MOJ launched the Government Fund Recovery Litigation Team on September 22, 2015 aimed to recover defrauded government funds through litigation.

Close cooperation with related organizations

  • Investigation Indictment by prosecutor, Collusive bidding FTC resolution, Illegal group action police case analysis
  • Next : Notification issued
  • Government Fund Recovery Litigation Team
    Review of record and legal grounds / Search for precedents / Request of lawsuit
    Korean Government Legal Service
  • Next : Consultation on lawsuit / legal support
  • Competent administrative agency

How does the Team work?

From the early stages of investigation and administrative actions, such as indictment by a prosecutor and imposition of penalty by the Fair Trade Commission, the Team works closely with government agencies concerned in the case to look for precedents and file a suit.

What acts are subject to litigation?

If a prosecutor investigates a case and finds out that there was corruption or wrongdoing against the State, rigged bid on government procurement or construction project, or damaged police equipment or injured police officers by illegal demonstrations, the case can be subject to the Team’s suit for recovery of government funds.

What effects can we expect?

The Team will claw back government funds lost because of corruptive and fraudulent acts and illegal demonstrations against the State and establish the rule of law by demonstrating that “gains earned through corruptive and fraudulent acts are recovered in the end, and wrongdoings pay a high price.”

Close cooperation with related organizations example

5. Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers

Reach out to low-income people

The MOJ’s legal assistance programs, Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers, Ma-eul Lawyers and the 9988 Legal Support Team, create an environment to allow every citizen to access legal counseling for free. This year, to expand our reach and benefit more people, we have stepped up our efforts to improve and raise awareness of our legal help services.

Free legal help for low-income citizens

Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers, as free attorneys hired by the MOJ, provide free legal help to poor clients. They seek to settle a dispute outside of court through legal consultation or education, and if, after a thorough consultation, it is confirmed that the case needs to be brought to court, the free lawyer refers the case to the Korea Legal Aid Corporation for further assistance.

Tailored legal services to give citizens practical benefits

Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers provide low-income citizens with not just consultation, but assistance in collecting evidence and preparing documents. They work together with social welfare agencies to give low-income earners practical benefits, for instance, by guiding them in applying for national basic living security benefits. Our free lawyers provide comprehensive services customized for those who are overlooked under the existing welfare system due to societal or financial reasons.

Reach out to the underprivileged

Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers visit rental house residents by teaming up with Korea Land & Housing Corporation and Seoul Housing Corporation, and seniors living alone or people with disabilities together with the Hope and Welfare Support Team. Our lawyers’ groups in 10 regions allow 40 pro-bono counsels to reach out to every corner of the country. This free lawyers program addresses difficulties faced by marginalized people and ensures all citizens have access to our legal services.

Directory of Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers (updated: 2016)

Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers at (as of 2016)
No. Name of Office Tel.
1 Gangseo District +82-2-2600-6530
2 Dobong District +82-2-2091-3009
3 Dongjak District +82-2-820-9612
4 Mapo District +82-2-3153-8529
5 Seodaemun District +82-2-330-1558
6 Yangcheon District +82-2-351-7020
7 Eunpyeong District +82-2-351-7020
8 Jongno District +82-2-2148-1384
9 Seoul Council on Social Welfare +82-2-2021-1745
10 Gwangmyeong City +82-31-2680-6350
11 Namyangju City +82-31-590-8721
12 Ansan City +82-31-481-2592
13 Osan City +82-31-8036-7427
14 Icheon City +82-31-645-3855
15 Ganghwa County, Incheon City +82-32-932-7179
16 Suwon Council on Social Welfare +82-70-7878-9365
17 Incheon City Council on Social Welfare +82-32-437-7432
18 Chungbuk Council on Social Welfare
(Cheongju City)
19 Dong District, Daejeon City +82-42-251-6229
20 Daejeon Council on Social +82-42-226-3711
Pro-bono Traveling Lawyers at (as of 2016)
No. Name of Office Tel.
21 Nonsan City +82-41-746-6044
22 Seosan City +82-41-664-1739
23 Cheonan City +82-41-521-3292
24 Jeonju City +82-63-281-0309
25 Nam District, Gwangju City +82-62-607-2242
26 Seo District, Gwangju City +82-62-360-7039
27 Suncheon City +82-61-749-3394
28 Jeonnam Council on Social Welfare
(Muan County)
29 Darseo District, Daegu City +82-53-667-3541
30 Suseong District, Daegu City +82-53-666-2667
31 Gyeongsan City +82-53-810-5925
32 Yeongju City +82-54-639-6059
33 Busan City +82-51-888-3155
34 Nam District, Busan City +82-51-607-4317
35 Sasang District, Busan City +82-51-310-4317
36 Ulsan City +82-52-229-2288
37 Gimhae Council on Social Welfare +82-55-904-4004
38 Sokcho City +82-33-639-2632
39 Gangwon Council on Social Welfare
(Chuncheon City)
40 Jeju Council on Social +82-64-702-3782

※ Human Rights Support Division, MOJ (Phone: +82-2-2110-3679, 3743)

6. Ma-eul Lawyers

Free Legal Help for Rural and Remote Areas

Ma-eul Lawyers deliver free legal aid to residents of rural or remote locations. As of February 2016, Ma-eul lawyers number some 1,500. This rural legal assistance program started out with 415 lawyers in 250 Eups (counties) and Myeons (townships) in June 5, 2013. Now it engages with all 1,413 Eups and Myeons in the country with over 1,500 lawyers.
(*Ma-eul means small towns in Korean.)

Answer legal questions of rural residents

Undertaken jointly by the MOJ, the Korean Bar Association (KBA) and the Ministry of the Interior, the Ma-eul Lawyers Program aims to ‘meet the need of people through legal services in the pursuit of public happiness.’ It matches rural clients with volunteer lawyers, who accept their cases for free. Telephone helplines and face-to-face consultations held in rural communities facilitate the use of this program by rural residents, making it an integral part of their lives. Clients can seek legal counseling regarding diverse issues which may arise from their daily lives, from real estate to criminal or civil affairs, regardless of the importance of the case.

Continued efforts to improve and publicize Ma-eul Lawyers

To increase the client satisfaction with the program, we publish a manual for Ma-eul Lawyers in cooperation with the KBA and local bar associations. We are currently simplifying the legal aid application procedures for clients who used Ma-eul Lawyers in partnership with the KBA Legal Aid Foundation and the Korea Legal Aid Corporation, a body affiliated with the MOJ. We also work to raise public awareness of this program through TV shows and by disseminating information on community newsletters and inviting public officers at Eups and Myeons and representatives of meetings of heads of villages to our seminars.
To get help from Ma-eul Lawyers, go to campaign.naver.com/livetogether02 or contact the office of the Eup or Myeon where you live. To learn more, search ‘Ma-eul Lawyer’ on the Internet or contact the KBA at 02-2087-7852 or the MOJ at 02-2110-3500.

Ma-eul Lawyer example

To learn more about Ma-eul Lawyers
Korean Bar Association :
Website :

7. Law Compliance Campaign

Engaging citizens in creating safe and happy communities

The MOJ-led civic participation campaign is designed to encourage the public to care about their neighbors and comply with basic laws and keep our environments safe from crimes (CPTED). This public campaign was launched in 2014 in 25 communities. This year, we work with 18 communities for the cause.

A compliance campaign engaging citizens to realize the rule of law built upon trust

The Law Compliance Campaign is a nation-wide initiative led by the MOJ to encourage the public to care about their neighbors and observe basic laws and to keep our environments safe from crimes. Not a one-off project, the Campaign brings the MOJ, local governments, the prosecution, government agencies, civil society and communities together under the cause of “healthy and happy neighborhoods.”

CPTED: for safe and happy neighborhoods

As part of the Compliance Campaign, the Ministry implements Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), an approach to eliminate factors in the physical environment that may cause the incidence of crime. CPTED was implemented in 14 communities in 2014 and 11 in 2015, resulting in residents’ sense of security up 17% on average compared to that before the campaign and high satisfaction. This year, we work together with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Ministry of Public Safety and Security in 12 communities across the country.

For a society where people care about each other

Quarrels over floor noise, retaliatory driving, malicious comments…… At the bottom of recent social issues lies the lack of compliance with law and care for other people. The MOJ has staged initiatives with education and campaigns to encourage the public to care for their neighbors and to a campaign inviting citizens to voluntarily respect public order.

To learn more about Law-Abiding Public Campaign
Law & Order Advancement Division :
Website :
Facebook :

CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)

A crime prevention technique that deters the incident of crime by designing the environment in a way to hamper people from committing crime and easily expose any criminal act

8. 9988 Legal Support Team

Comprehensive legal assistance for small companies

Legal help for small and medium-sized enterprises at low or no cost

SMEs represent almost 99% of corporate Korea and hire 88% of all workers in the country. We launched the 9988 Legal Support Team to provide comprehensive legal assistance to SMEs in January 2009. Since its inception, the 9988 Team has taken about 5,900 cases and funded 700,000 million won for litigation and counseling expenses.

9988 Legal Support Team

This legal help team tailored for SMEs provides counseling on legal issues that may arise in the process of incorporation, operation and closing of small companies. The Ministry strives to expand the reach of the team to help more businesses benefit from the service at minimum financial cost. Qualified companies can access legal advice from public prosecutors and public service advocates at the Team for free. In case of counseling or representation at lawsuits by lawyers affiliated with the Team, we provide financial support up to 2 million won.

Scope of practice

Our advice and counseling areas include overdue payment, contract review, provisional seizure or disposition, infringement upon intellectual property rights, legal review of business model, bankruptcy and corporate rehabilitation, governance reform and other issues related to small businesses. We do not provide advice on personal matters of a business leader him or herself which are not directly related to management of company, or criminal cases in general (tort charges against the employer or employees).


This program is for SMEs only. Eligible enterprises must satisfy SME criteria as provided in the Framework Act on Small and Medium Enterprises and the enforcement decree thereof.

How to get help

Our legal advice hotline (02-3418-9988) is open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays. Online legal advice from public prosecutors or public service advocates is available anytime at www.9988law.com. If our consultation finds that a case needs further counseling or to be taken to court, our lawyers offer help too. If you want legal advice from a lawyer affiliated with the 9988 Team, go to www.9988law.com, fill out and submit forms such as the agreement, business plan and status sheets to get approval for the service.

Legal Advisory Group for SMEs Doing Business Abroad

Abroad. About 210 advisors and legal experts in various fields from lawyers and professors to foreign legal consultants and patent attorneys, help you interpret local laws and systems, review agreement, learn how to avoid disputes over intellectual property rights, etc. The hotline for SMEs doing business abroad (02-2110-3661) is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and online advice available anytime at its website (www.9988law.com).

To learn more about 9988 Legal Support Team
Hotline :
Website :

9. Smart Entry Service

Travel conveniently with the automated immigration clearance service, SES (Smart Entry Service)!

Since June 2008, the Ministry of Justice has implemented Smart Entry Service (SES) to provide convenience to Korean nationals and foreign residents

Now, SES will be together with you and your travels from the beginning to the end!

Where can I register for SES?

You can register for SES at immigration office registration centers located at the Incheon airport, Seoul, Busan (Busan port), Incheon, Suwon, Jeju, Southern Seoul, Gimhae, Daegu, Daejeon, Gwangju, Cheongju, Gimpo, Seoul Station and the City airport. The high-tech automated immigration clearance service confirms your identity by recognizing the registered fingerprints and facial image you provided during at enrollment.

Who can use SES?

Korean nationals with Residence ID card or passport, ages 17 and above or those between ages 14 and 17 with parental consent are able to use SES. The service is also available to registered foreigners ages 17 and above, investors, overseas Koreans, marriage migrants, permanent residents, professionals and their dependent family members. Also, Korea Priority Card holders, foreign crew members having multiple landing permit, and foreign nationals whose home country signed a MOU with Korea on the mutual use of automated immigration clearance service are eligible for SES. However, if the quality of provided biometric data is not good enough, or a foreign national who had been found in violation of the Immigration Control Act and paid a penalty of more than 5 million KRW within the last 3 years, or was ordered deportation or departure, those with multiple nationalities who wish to register with another passport other than the Korean passport may not be eligible for SES membership. If you use SES when you travel overseas, you do not have to go through the trouble caused due to the difference in appearance between you and the picture on the passport, nor queue a long time for immigration inspection.

How many people use SES?

In 2015, a total of 66 million people have come and gone and about 19.8%, 13 million people including Korean nationals and foreign nationals used the convenient SES. In 2013, the number of SES users was 7.2 million; the increase rate has counted for more than 81% in the last 2 years.

Enjoy SES with strengthened access

With the bill passed by the National Assembly on 2 March 2016, the Ministry of Justice plans to exempt pre-enrollment for SES in 2017, by making use of the fingerprints and facial images already collected by other agencies such as the National Police. In addition, SES is planned to become available to all Korean nationals ages 7 and above, and all registered foreigners ages 17 and above, from July 2016.

Smart Entry Service
Website :

10. i-PreChecking

Ensuring the safety of Korean nationals and the ROK by preventing suspicious travelers from boarding flights

Since February 2015, the Ministry of Justice has been carrying out test operations of i-PreChecking, a system allowing the ROK to prevent suspicious travelers from boarding flights by receiving passenger data from airlines before issuing boarding passes at airports of departure, checking whether suspicious passengers including terrorists or lost passport holders are on the passenger manifest, and notifying the airlines of the results. The MOJ plans to start running the system more widely from 2017.

※ Lost or stolen passport holders or persons under entry bans are kept from boarding flights at airports of departure.

i-PreChecking reduces expenses & boosts safety

i-PreChecking reduces expenses(Terrorists, International criminals, Persons under entry bans, Stolen or lost passport holders)
  • Thanks to i-PreChecking, passengers on flights to the ROK can have the safest and most delightful journeys.
  • By blocking suspicious travelers including terrorists and lost or stolen passport holders attempting to go on board, the MOJ ensures the safety of passengers and flights.
  • The MOJ guarantees national security by keeping ex-convicts such as drug offenders or sex offenders from boarding flights.
  • Expedited immigration clearance service is provided to good passengers.


step1) Issuance of boarding passes:
Blocking suspicious passengers/i-PreChecking
step2) Boarding:
Issuing boarding passes to good travelers
step3)Arrival in the ROK:
Expedited immigration clearance service to good passengers / Immigration clearance
Data transmitting passenger data transmission system of airlines
transmitting passenger data
Integrated border management system
Ascertaining whether suspicious travelers are on the passenger manifest and giving airlines feedback

11. Immigration and Integration Programs

Our programs aim to create society where common values are respected.

The MOJ’s social integration education (Initial Adjustment Support Program and Korea Immigration & Integration Program (KIIP)) helps immigrants’ successful integration into Korea by offering a range of courses to develop Korean language skills and learn about Korea’s culture and society and essentials for settlement into the Korean life. It prevents conflicts immigrants may face with Korean residents due to different cultural backgrounds, and facilitates their communication.

Initial Adjustment Support Program for immigrants

The Program was initially designed to assist marriage immigrants in 2009, and has expanded to all immigrants since October 2013. It teaches foreigners who are not familiar with Korean language and culture basic laws and policies, immigration laws and rules, and tips for everyday life in the language that the learner speaks. Courses delivered by foreign lecturers who have successfully settled in Korea help students understand basic law and policies of the country.

KIIP offers opportunities to learn Korean language, culture and society

KIIP is a standardized set of courses that teach immigrants basic knowledge to settle into and secure employment in the country. Its ever-increasing enrollment shows this Program provides great opportunities for migrant workers, foreigners from Korean descent, foreign students and immigrants married to Korean nationals to learn Korean language and culture. If a student completes the KIIP courses, he or she will not need to prove Korean language proficiency in changing his or her status for stay, and will be exempted from the written test and interview for naturalization. KIIP is delivered at 300 organizations including colleges, local governments, multicultural family support centers, and agricultural cooperatives. Those who hold Test of Proficiency in Korean scores can directly sign up for a KIIP Korean course at a matching level.

KIIP offers example

To learn more
Immigration & Social Integration Network Website :

12. Character Education for Prison Inmates

Character education brings hope and changes to prisoners

The MOJ strives to bring fundamental change to the hearts and minds of prisoners and reduce recidivism through character education. We piloted this initiative in 6 prisons including Yeoju Correctional Institution in October 2013, and have delivered character education in 52 correctional facilities starting from March 2015. As of July 2015, 3,976 inmates have completed the character building courses.

Reduce the chance of reoffending through education

The Ministry shifted its correctional focus from “confinement” to “character education.” We offer three courses depending on the length of sentence. All offenders whose sentences are confirmed receive from 35 up to 300 hours of education to develop positive character traits and learn proper social behavior after taking an initial course for the newly incarcerated. The comprehensive curriculum includes courses that teach how to think positively, get motivated, control anger, heal and recover family relationship (father school) or personal relationships, the importance of care and concern for others, group counseling, vocational training, faith-based education and others which are designed to allow students to experience positive inner changes and become productive members of society.

Community-based correctional education

Volunteers from diverse career backgrounds from professors to psychotherapists to nurses play an important part in the delivery of character education. As of July 2015, 1,232 volunteers recruited across the country give lectures in correctional facilities. The integrated volunteer management systems run by each Regional Corrections Headquarter allow local facilities to share effective teachers. The Ministry organizes workshops for volunteers and officers in charge of education to make exchanges with local communities, listens to frontline voices and keeps the systems updated and surveys satisfaction of students who completed the courses to feed the results back into the program and further specialize our correctional education.

Social Rehabilitation Division
Hotline :

13. On-demand Community Service Program

Repairs the harm done to the community by tackling inconveniences and difficulties faced by citizens

The Program is an on-demand-basis community service to lend a hand to citizens who look for help, from support for community activities or marginalized families to house repairs. By addressing inconveniences and difficulties faced by citizens, the Program builds our way to an “advanced country in which the rule of law is well-established and people lead happy lives.”

On-demand Community Service example

On-demand Community Service Program extends a helping hand to the public

On May 2013 we started out the consumer-oriented On-demand Community Service Program to support the underprivileged and general public. Anyone looking for help can apply for the unpaid work. Probation offices will assess the application’s suitability and assign persons on community service order to the task. This way, the Program helps us establish the rule of law in a humane way.

Anyone can apply for help

The Program invites citizens to avail of and benefit from community service, shifting the focus from offenders to beneficiaries. If you want to access this Program, please visit or call probation offices in 56 locations in the country or go to the Criminal Prevention Policy Bureau’s website (http://www.cppb.go.kr).

Brings back practical benefits to the community

by assigning 53,521 individuals on community service order to 4,887 work projects or placements. The works include assisting communities and welfare facilities, supporting persons in need, improvements to residential environments, working on farms or fishing, and other projects serving public good.
※ The Program generated an estimated 4.7 billion won of economic impact. (53,521 persons × 89,566 won (daily wage per person by the Construction Association of Korea in 2015))

On-demand Community Service Program


The Program receives applications from citizens who seek help. Probation offices will assess their suitability and assign individuals on community service order to the work projects or placements.

Who can avail of the Program

Any Korean individual or organization

Community service work can include

assisting communities and welfare facilities, supporting underprivileged persons, improvements to residential environments such as house repairs, working on farms or fishing, helping disaster recovery, and other projects benefitting the public

How to apply

file an application with probation offices in 56 locations or at the Criminal Prevention Policy Bureau’s website (http://www.cppb.go.kr).

  • Please apply at least 2 weeks before the time for which you need help. You may submit an application via fax guided by the probation office over phone or submit an application when a probation officer visits the site for prior assessment.
  • For further information, please contact the probation office in your community.
On-demand Community Service Program
Probation & Parole Division :
Website :