POLITICS OF GUERNSEY take place in a framework of a parliamentary
representative democratic British
* 1 Offices * 2 The States of Deliberation * 3 Policy and Resources Committee * 4 Political parties and elections * 5 Judicial branch * 6 Administrative divisions * 7 European Parliament * 8 See also * 9 References
Main office holders OFFICE NAME PARTY SINCE
Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Ian Corder CB
Bailiff Sir Richard Collas
23 March 2012
President of Policy and Resources Committee Deputy Gavin St Pier
4 May 2016
The Lieutenant Governor is the appointed unelected representative of
"the Crown in right of the république of the
Bailiwick of Guernsey".
The official residence of the Lieutenant Governor is Government House,
St Peter Port
The Bailiff is the first civil officer in the
The President of the Policy and Resources Committee , who can also be termed the CHIEF MINISTER is head of the political States of Deliberation .
THE STATES OF DELIBERATION
The States of
Laws made by the States are known as Projet(s) de Loi before they are passed and Loi or Law(s) afterwards (e.g., The Human Rights (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 2000.
A Project de Loi is the equivalent of an English Bill, and a Law is
the equivalent of an English Act of Parliament. Laws have no effect
The States also make delegated legislation known as Ordinances (Ordonnances) and Orders (Ordres) which do not require Royal Assent. Commencement orders are usually in the form of Ordinances.
POLICY AND RESOURCES COMMITTEE
Main article: Policy and Resources Committee of
The Policy and Resources Committee is responsible for Guernsey's constitutional and external affairs, developing strategic and corporate policy and coordinating States business. It also examines proposals and Reports placed before Guernsey's Parliament (the States of Deliberation) by Departments and Non States Bodies. The President of the Committee is the de facto head of government of Guernsey.
Prior to 2016 the job was undertaken by the Policy Council of
POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS
Main article: Elections in
The 1948 Reform Law resulted in the 12 Jurats and 10 Parish Rectors no longer forming part of the States of Deliberation, their place being taken by 12 Conseillers holding office for 6 years, elected by the States of Election .
In 2000 there were 33 Deputies elected with three year mandates, and 12 Conseillers representing the Bailiwick, serving terms of six years, with half being elected every three. The Conseiller system was scrapped for the 2004 election.
In the 2004 , 2008 and 2012 elections there were 45 Deputy seats for election. From 2016 the number of Deputy seats was reduced to 38.
In addition there are two representatives of the States of Alderney in the States of Guernsey.
The legal system is derived from Norman French and English common law, justice being administered through a combination of Magistrates Court and the Royal Court. The Royal Court is presided over by the Bailiff (or Deputy Bailiff) and 12 Jurats (a permanent elected jury), the ultimate court of appeal being the Privy Council .
There are ten parishes in Guernsey. Each parish is administered by a Douzaine. Douzeniers are elected for a six-year mandate, two Douzeniers being elected by parishioners at a Parish Meeting in November each year. The senior Douzenier is known as the Doyen. Two elected Constables carry out the decisions of the Douzaine, serving for between one and three years. The longest serving Constable is known as the Senior Constable and his or her colleague as the Junior Constable.
Parishes: Castel , Forest , St Andrew , St Martin , St Peter , St Peter Port , St Sampson , St Saviour , Torteval and Vale
As regards General Elections, following the machinery of government
changes in 2004,
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* History * Geography * Geology
* Archaeology * Braye du Valle
* Fortifications of
* German occupation during World War II
* Civilian life
* St Andrew
* St Martin
St Peter Port
* Bailiff of
* Chief Minister
* Courts of
* Stock Exchange * Telecommunications
* airport * rail * harbour
* Emergency Services
* Ambulance * Fire * Lifeboat * Police
* Bean Jar
* Music * St James
* Town Church * St Martin\'s Church * Vale Church * Chapel of St Apolline
* Sport * Television
* Anthem * Coat of arms * Flag * Floral emblem
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