Channel Islands

Channel Island Laws receive Royal Assent by being approved by His Majesty The King at a meeting of the Privy Council (The King in Council).

When an Island Law is first submitted for assent, it is considered by a Committee of the Privy Council known as the Committee for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey. An Order in Council of February 1952 (PDF, 1 page – 93kb) automatically refers any Channel Island Law or Petition to this Committee for its report.

If, after consideration of the Law and any other related representations, the Committee reports that it is content for the proposed Law to be approved, the Law will be included in the business to be considered at the next meeting of The King in Council, with a recommendation for formal approval.

On the 13th July 2011 an Order in Council (“the 2011 Order”) (PDF, 2 pages – 88kb) was made by Queen Elizabeth II in Council setting a timetable for the receipt of Petitions for or against Channel Island Laws. In particular it provides that the Committee for the Affairs of Jersey and Guernsey will not ordinarily postpone its consideration of an Act or Law if a Petition against it is received later than 28 days after the final approval of the Act or Law by the appropriate legislature in Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney or Sark.