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Order in Council - Timing of Petitions Against Island Laws

At the Court at Buckingham Palace

THE 13th DAY OF JULY 2011

PRESENT,

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL

The following report from the Committee of Council for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey dated the 13th day of July 2011 was today read at the Board.

"Whereas in accordance with Your Majesty's General Order of Reference of 22nd February 1952 there stand referred to the Committee all Acts and Laws passed or to be passed by the Legislatures of the Islands of Jersey, Guernsey Alderney and Sark and submitted to Her Majesty in Council for Her Majesty's approval, and also all Petitions received from those Islands, and the Committee being mindful that the consideration of such Acts and Laws once passed should not be unduly delayed and Petitions in respect of them should be timeously submitted:

"The Committee has agreed to report the opinion that the Committee should not ordinarily postpone its consideration of and report on an Act or Law by reason of the submission of a Petition against it later than 28 days after its final approval by the relevant Island legislature(s). In the case of Acts or Laws that have prior to the date of this Order in Council been approved in this manner and are due to be submitted for Royal Sanction, the Committee should not ordinarily postpone its consideration of such Acts or Laws by reason of the submission of Petitions against them unless received within 56 days of the date of this Order in Council. It being understood that nothing herein shall be taken as preventing the Committee from considering and reporting on any such Act or Law at any time prior to the expiration of the said periods of 28 days and 56 days as the case may be."

Her Majesty, having taken the report into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of her Privy Council, to approve the Committee's opinion and to order that it be appropriately published in the Islands; and Her Majesty's Officers in the Islands, and all others whom it may concern, are therefore to take notice of Her Majesty's Order and to proceed accordingly.

Judith Simpson

EXPLANATORY NOTES
(This note is not part of the order)

This order amends the 1952 Order in Council appointing a Committee for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey so as to

  • State that the Committee will not ordinarily postpone its consideration of an Act or Law if a petition against it is received later than 28 days after the approval of the Act or Law by the appropriate legislature in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney or Sark.
  • In the case of Laws or Acts already passed by those legislatures but not yet submitted to the Privy Council for consideration the Committee will not ordinarily postpone its consideration of an Act or Law unless such a petition is received within 56 days of the date of this Order in Council.