Politics of Guernsey
Fabian Malbon| 18 October 2005
Geoffrey Rowland| 2005
Mike Torode| 2007The Lieutenant Governor is the representative of the Crown. The official residenceof the Lieutenant Governor is Government House, Queens Road, St Peter Port. Since 18 October2005, the incumbent is Vice-Admiral Sir Fabian Malbon, born in Southsea, Portsmouthin 1946 and a serving naval officer 1965–2002. His last naval posting before retirement from the Royal Navy was deputy commander-in-chief of fleet.
The Bailiff is the first civil officer in the
Bailiwickof Guernsey, serving as president of the legislature and the Royal Court. Since 2004, Guernsey's head of government is the Chief Minister. The Bailiff is appointed by the Crown, and generally holds office until retirement age (65). He presides at the Royal Court, and takes the opinions of the " Jurats", elected lay judges; he also presides over the States, and represents the Crown in all civil matters.
The Statesof Guernsey, officially called the States of Deliberation, consists of 45 People's Deputies, elected from multi- or single-member districts every four years. There are also two representatives from Alderney, a self-governing dependency of the Bailiwick, but Sarksends no representative. There are also two non-voting members - the Attorney General and the Solicitor General both appointed by the monarch.
Laws made 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 until promulgated as Orders-in-Council of the Crown. They are given the Royal Sanction at regular meetings of the
Privy Councilin London after, which they are returned to the Islands for formal registration at the Royal Court.
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.
Political parties and elections
Guernsey has no political parties with all representatives being elected as non-partisans.
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 and 12
Jurats (a permanent elected jury), the ultimate court of appeal being the Privy Council.
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.
Following the machinery of government changes in 2004, Guernsey has the following electoral districts, loosely based on the parish system:
St. Peter Port North
St. Peter Port South
*South-East (St. Martin's and St. Andrew's)
*West (Torteval, Forest, St. Saviour's, St. Pierre-du-Bois)
Policy Council of Guernsey
Royal Commission on the Constitution (United Kingdom)
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