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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

"What Laws? And Why The Panic?"

Path of new laws to be eased – but more staff to be employed

Jersey’s foreign minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache
 
Jersey’s foreign minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache

THE process by which laws passed by the States are given Royal Assent is to be speeded up.

Ratification by the Privy Council, a group of senior MPs that advises the Queen, should take around three months but the process has been taking much longer – sometimes double – in recent years.

In an attempt to reduce that time, a new way of working is being developed which will require more work by Jersey’s Law Officers’ department.

Extra staff are being recruited to take on the work and it is hoped that it will lead to a considerable improvement.

Jersey’s foreign minister, Senator Sir Philip Bailhache, said that the issue had been one of the things discussed with UK Justice Minister Lord McNally during a recent visit to London, which was also attended by Chief Minister Ian Gorst.

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