Connétables (Amendment – Declaration of Convictions) (Jersey) Law 2017

A LAW to amend further the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008

Adopted by the States                                                  23rd June 2015

Sanctioned by Order of Her Majesty in Council         12th April 2017

Registered by the Royal Court                                      21st April 2017

THE STATES, subject to the sanction of Her Most Excellent Majesty in Council, have adopted the following Law –

1        Amendment of Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008

After Article 4 of the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008[1] there shall be inserted the following Article –

“4A   Declaration to be made when nominated

(1)     A person seeking election as a Connétable shall, at the time of his or her nomination, be required to make a declaration, in writing –

(a)     that he or she is not disqualified, whether under this Law or any other enactment, from being elected;

(b)     of his or her convictions, whether in Jersey or elsewhere, which are not spent convictions;

(c)     notwithstanding the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Jersey) Law 2001[2], of his or her spent convictions, whether in Jersey or elsewhere, for any of the following offences –

(i)      treason,

(ii)      murder,

(iii)     manslaughter,

(iv)     rape,

(v)     incest,

(vi)     sodomy,

(vii)    any offence against a person not of full age,

(viii)   fraud or any like offence,

(ix)     obtaining property by false pretences,

(x)     theft,

(xi)     perjury,

(xii)    perverting the course of justice,

(xiii)   an offence mentioned in the definition ‘drug trafficking’ in Article 1(1) of the Misuse of Drugs (Jersey) Law 1978[3].

(2)     The person presiding at a nomination meeting convened under Article 20 of the Public Elections (Jersey) Law 2002[4] shall read out to the meeting the declaration made under paragraph (1) by a person proposed as a candidate.

(3)     A person who knowingly makes a false declaration under paragraph (1) shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of level 4 on the standard scale.

(4)     The States may by Regulations amend paragraph (1)(c) so as to vary, add or omit any description of offence for which a spent conviction must be disclosed.

(5)     The declaration required by paragraph (1) shall be in the form set out in the Schedule (which the States may by Regulations amend).

(6)     In this Article ‘spent conviction’ has the same meaning as in the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Jersey) Law 2001[5].”.

2        Schedule added

At the end of the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008[6] there shall be added the following Schedule –


(Article 4A(5))

declaration by candidate for electioN



I, the undersigned

............................................................................................................. (insert name)

hereby declare that I have read and understood the provisions of Article 4A of the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008 and that –


I am not disqualified for election; and


I have no relevant convictions for the purposes of Article 4A(1)(b) and (c)


The convictions I must declare for the purposes of Article 4A(A)(b) and (c) are as follows –












Date ……….………

NOTE:  Article 4A(3) of the Connétables (Jersey) Law 2008 provides that a person who knowingly makes a false declaration shall be guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of level 4 on the standard scale.

In accordance with the provisions of Article 4A(2) of that Law, this declaration will be read out at the nomination meeting.’ ”.

3        Citation and commencement

This Law may be cited as the Connétables (Amendment – Declaration of Convictions) (Jersey) Law 2017, and shall come into force 7 days after its registration.

m.n. de la haye, o.b.e.

Greffier of the States



[1]                                    chapter 16.250

[2]                                    chapter 08.840

[3]                                    chapter 08.680

[4]                                    chapter 16.600

[5]                                    chapter 08.840

[6]                                    chapter 16.250

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