18 April 2016
The official notices contained in the Jersey Gazette are now being published online on the government website as well as being published, as required by law, in the Jersey Evening Post.
This move online provides additional ways to publicise the government’s official notices. The information on gov.je will also be available via Twitter to social media users, and free of charge via RSS to any organisation interested in providing an information service to their audiences.
Subscribers can receive official notices via email alongside our regular news and job updates by opting-in using our MyGov website.
The Chief Minister, Senator Ian Gorst, said “This is an efficient way to inform Islanders, free of charge, about official government information. The parallel publication of official notifications on the government website will continue until a proposed law change enables the official Jersey Gazette to be moved online to gov.je”
Official notices online
An eventual move to an online format is in keeping with the government’s move to e-government. Parishes and government departments can also use other means of informing islanders of events or laws that they want to publicise, for instance by advertising in print, on TV or radio.
The existing law on official publications, approved in 1960, established a Jersey Gazette ‘for the publication of official notices and other matters requiring to be brought to the attention of the public’. It stipulated that the Gazette should be published ‘in an English newspaper circulating in the island’.
An Act accompanying that law designated the Jersey Evening Post as the newspaper in which the Jersey Gazette should appear. This arrangement has remained in place ever since. There was an amendment in 2003 which added the option of taking reasonable steps to bring a matter to the attention of those likely to be affected by it.
The approach today is to move the Gazette online, where registering laws, making enactments and other official notices will be publicised. Departments and parishes can then consider what other means of communication may be needed for specific issues that need to be brought to the attention of islanders. Anyone who wants a printed copy of each month’s official notices will be able to pick one up from the library, their parish or government buildings.