This page provides details about the Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation and how to submit a complaint to the States' Members Conduct Panel
Rules about the behaviour of States' Members (Deputies)
- There is a "Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation" ("Code of Conduct") which sets out the behaviour that the public can expect from a Member of the States of Deliberation (a Deputy). The Code of Conduct also helps Members of the States ("Members") to understand what they should and should not do and their obligations and duties to the States, the people who voted for them and the public.
- All Members are required to comply with the provisions of the Code of Conduct in all aspects of their public life. Although it does not seek to dictate what Members do in their purely private and personal lives they must, however, be aware that some private and personal matters may affect their public roles.
What is the States Members' Conduct Panel?
- The State Members' Conduct Panel investigates complaints which have been made alleging that a Member has breached the Code of Conduct. The Panel currently comprises the following, all appointed by the Presiding Officer who is the Bailiff:
Chairman The Very Reverend John A. Guille Deputy Chairman Mr Allister H. Langlois Other Members
Advocate Russell Clark
Dame Mary Perkins DBE
Mrs Barbara E. Steer
Advocate Louise C. Hall
Mr Stephen Trevor
Mr Mick A. Fooks
States' Members' Conduct Panel
c/o Secretary to the Panel
The Royal Court House,
St Peter Port,
What do I do if I think a Member has breached the Code of Conduct?
- If you think the conduct or behaviour or actions of a Member are in breach of the Code of Conduct, you can make a complaint to the Chairman of the Panel ('the Chairman'). Full details are set out in Part I of the Code of Conduct and you will need to go through that to identify the parts of the Code which you believe have been broken by the Member as you will need to put them in your complaint.
- The person who makes the complaint is referred to as the complainant. If you wish to submit a complaint, you must write a letter to the Chairman providing the following:
- Your full name, telephone number, e-mail address and postal address.
- The name of the Member(s) of the States of Deliberation you wish to make a complaint against
- The reasons for the complaint, providing FULL details and attaching any documents which support the complaint
- Which area(s) of the Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation you believe the Member/s have broken (Please refer to The Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation in the downloads section)
- Please send your letter and any supporting evidence to: The Chairman, States Members' Conduct Panel, c/o Bailiff's Chambers, Royal Court House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2NZ.
- Please note that allegations without any evidence to support them will not be considered by the Chairman.
Process following the receipt of a complaint
- When a complaint is received, the Chairman will ask the secretary to the Panel to inform the complainant that the letter has been received by the Chairman and to tell the Member concerned ("the respondent") that a complaint has been made against him or her and provide the respondent with a short summary of the complaint (at this stage, the complainant will remain anonymous).The Chairman will then consider the complaint.
- Each stage of the complaints process is explained in the following PDF: Code of Conduct - Complaints Process [123kb]
Complaints considered by Investigation Panel
Date Received Member concerned Relevant section of Code of Conduct Status Report 22.09.2020 Deputy R Graham Sections 8 and 9 Closed - Complaint not proven Findings of the Investigation Panel [249kb]
Any further questions
- If you have any further questions, please contact the secretary to the States Members' Conduct Panel, Mr Adrian Nicolle, on 749513 or e-mail Adrian.Nicolle@gov.gg.