26 October 2021
The Government is consulting on the development of Jersey's first ever Public Inquiries Law.
A public inquiry is an investigation that has the powers to compel testimony and other forms of evidence. The main function of a public inquiry is to find out what happened, why it happened, who was responsible and what can be learnt, in order to prevent reoccurrence.
Jersey law does not currently provide for public inquiries. To date, major investigations such as the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, have been established as Committee of Inquiries by the States Assembly. The proposed new law will provide a more robust framework for the set up and delivery of independent public inquiries, including matters related to management of data and financial spend.
The introduction of this law will help promote transparency throughout all aspect of management and delivery of an inquiry. It will also provide clear statutory arrangements for taking of evidence, publication of reports, development of terms of reference and appointment of panel members.
The consultation will run until Wednesday 1 December 2021. Comments are welcomed from members of the public and all professional stakeholders.
Comments can be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Public Inquiries Law consultation
Government of Jersey
19-21 Broad Street
Jersey JE2 3R