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Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation

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This page provides details about the Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation and how to submit a complaint to the Commissioner for Standards

  • Complaints considered by the Commissioner for Standards (May 2023 onwards)

    • Date ReceivedMember concernedRelevant section of Code of Conduct Status Report
      None    
  • Complaints considered by the Investigation Panel (October 2020 to May 2023)

  • 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.
  • Who is the Commissioner for Standards?

    • The Commissioner for Standards is Dr Melissa McCullough. Dr McCullough has been appointed by the States to investigate complaints which have been made alleging that a Member has breached the Code of Conduct. 
  • 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 Commissioner for Standards.  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 Commissioner 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
      • By e-mail to: statesmemberscodeofconduct@gov.gg
      • In the post to: Commissioner for Standards, c/o The States' Greffier, 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 Commissioner. 
  • Process following the receipt of a complaint

    • When a complaint is received, the States' Greffier will inform the complainant that their complaint has been received and notify the Member concerned ("the respondent") that a complaint has been made against him or her and the nature of the complaint. The Commissioner will then consider the complaint. 
  • Any further questions 

    • If you have any further questions, please contact the States' Greffier, Mr Simon Ross, on 221752 or e-mail Simon.Ross@gov.gg

Downloads

Code of Conduct for Members of the States of Deliberation Commissioner for Standards Statement Guernsey Pan Island FLOWCHART - GSY

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