States Launch E-Petitions

6th August 2018

Jersey’s States has launched a new online petition site.

Islanders can now submit and sign e-petitions to get a government response.

E-petitions were given the go-ahead by Jersey’s politicians last year.

There’s now a website where you can start one. It asks ‘What do you want us to do? – giving the example: ‘Make wrongly describing a casserole with a pastry lid as a pie a criminal offence.’

If 1,000 people sign, ministers will respond.

5,000 means the petition will be considered for debate in the States Assembly.

Greffier Mark Egan says that’s not automatic, but it will happen more often than not.

“The deal is that if you get to 5,000 signatures, it will be put to the assembly on the subject of the e-petition at the next time. It’s up to the assembly to decide that, that will give them the opportunity to not have the debate if there’s a reason not to.

“I would hope, generally speaking, that e-petitions are debated when they hit the 5,000 signatures mark.”

It’s similiar to the system in England, where 10,000 signatures are needed for a government response and 100,000 can lead to a debate in the House of Commons.

E-petitions will allow Islanders to express their views to the Assembly and to Ministers quickly and easily, helping everyone in the Island to play a part in Jersey’s democratic process.”

One petition has been set up so far, to provide compensation for Mesothelioma victims.

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