States Greffe Business Plan 2020

27th April 2020

States Greffe Business Plan 2020

The States Greffe has this week published its annual business plan for 2020. Read the plan and how it affects members of the Public, States Members and States of Jersey staff here

The 2020 plan is intended to provide greater clarity about the role of the Greffe and its objectives in supporting Jersey's democracy. It has been approved by the Privileges and Procedures Committee (PPC), taking into account the Covid-19 crisis to ensure that the plan is still deliverable. The 2020 Business Plan reflects the implementation of the recent reorganisation of the Greffe, which has created more support for Scrutiny, States Members' research and public engagement.

For the first time, the Legislative Drafting Office (LDO) has produced its own business plan, published alongside the States Greffe business plan. The main purpose of the LDO is to prepare draft legislation that gives legal effect to the policy of the Minister (or other promoter). The secondary purpose of the LDO is to ensure accurate and up-to-date access is provided to Jersey legislation.

Read the business plan here

The States Greffe objective is: to enable democracy to flourish by supporting and promoting the States Assembly and engaging people in politics

Some of the principal objectives from the business plan are:

Elections- Working with PPC to create a more user-friendly electoral system which encourages voter turnout and meets international best practice, including Identifying and addressing principal barriers to election turnout, increasing the diversity of candidates and provide more assistance to them to stand, inviting election observers in 2022

Education- Supporting the work of a new PPC sub-committee on educational initiatives, which will bring together the Greffe and the Children, Young People, Education and Skills department to co-ordinate various strands of work aimed at raising awareness and understanding of Jersey's political system and encouraging increased political participation by young people

Public Engagement- Improve ways in which we engage the public in the work of the Assembly. We will begin a review of the information we publish about how the Assembly works, with a view to publishing more material which clarifies Assembly procedures and terminology. We will also continue to organise the programme of visits to the Assembly by schoolchildren. We will continue to organise the annual Youth Assembly, in which students from the Island's post-16 schools and college debate topics they propose, and we support the annual Colin Powell 'peace' debate.

International Activity- We will support the executive committees of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie in delivering their ambitious programmes of work. We will organise a first-ever meeting of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Jersey in October 2020.

Scrutiny- Implement increased staff support for scrutiny; a Members' resources team was launched and took effect from 1 January 2020.Increased support for review panels and the Public Accounts Committee and continue to improve publication of panel and committee output in digital formats as well as scrutiny of draft legislation.

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