Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Complaints about States Members or States Greffe employees

The Privileges and Procedures Committee is responsible for considering complaints about the conduct of States Members

​How to complain about a States Member

States Members are expected to behave in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Elected Members, which is set out in Schedule 3 of the Standing Orders of the States of Jersey.

Download the Standing Orders of the States of Jersey.

If you believe that a States Member has breached that Code of Conduct, you should write to the Privileges and Procedures Committee, c/o States Greffe, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 1DD.  The Privileges and Procedures Committee ('PPC') will not accept any complaint -

  • which is made anonymously;
  • which it believes to be frivolous, vexatious or unsubstantiated; or
  • from someone, who is not a member of the States, about words spoken, or actions of an elected member during a meeting of the States.

If PPC decides that there is enough evidence to suggest that the States Member may have acted in breach of the Code of Conduct, it may appoint the complaint itself, or appoint a panel of 3 people to investigate the act and to report on it.  The States Member, who is the subject of the complaint, will have the right to address the panel and the panel may also wish to hear from the person making the complaint, or other witnesses.

How to complain about a Minister or Assistant Minister

All Ministers and Assistant Ministers are expected to comply at all times with the Code of Conduct for Elected Members.  However, they are also expected to comply with the Code of Conduct and Practice for Ministers and Assistant Ministers and are personally responsible for deciding how to behave in the light of the Code and for justifying their actions and conduct to the Chief Minister, the States Assembly and the Public.

Download the Code of Conduct and Practice for Ministers and Assistant Ministers. 

If you believe that a Minister, or Assistant Minister, has breached the Code of Conduct and Practice for Ministers and Assistant Ministers, you should write to the Chief Minister and refer to the breach of the Code within 12 months of the matter, which gave rise to the complaint, occurring.  Your complaint should not be minor, frivolous or vexatious.

If the complaint relates to an action of an administrative nature, you may need to make your complaints to the Complaints Board, rather than the Chief Minister.

How to make a complaint to the States of Jersey Complaints Board.

How to complain about an employee of the States Greffe

If you wish to make a complaint about an employee of the States Greffe (including staff employed in the Scrutiny Office), you should put your complaint, in writing, to the Greffier of the States, States Greffe, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 1DD, who will investigate your complaint and make a decision on it.

If you have a complaint about the Deputy Greffier, you should put it in writing to the Greffier.  If you have a complaint about the Greffier, you should put it in writing to either the Chairman of PPC, c/o States Greffe, Morier House, Halkett Place, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 1DD or to the Bailiff, Bailiff's Chambers, Royal Court House, Royal Square, St. Helier, Jersey, JE1 1BA.

The way in which the Greffier, Deputy Greffier and officers of the States Greffe are appointed and dismissed is set out in Part 6 of the States of Jersey Law 2005.

Download the States of Jersey Law 2005.