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Covid-19 (Civil Partnership and Marriage) (Jersey) Regulations 2020

Made                                                                                                       19th May 2020

Coming into force                                                                               20th May 2020

THE STATES make these Regulations under Article 2 of the Covid‑19 (Enabling Provisions) (Jersey) Law 2020[1] –

1        Temporary amendment of Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012

After Article 26 of the Civil Partnership (Jersey) Law 2012[2] there is inserted –

“PART 2A

temporary measures due to covid-19 outbreak

26A   Change to publication requirements for notices of civil partnerships

(1)     The Superintendent Registrar must publish on the States of Jersey website –

(a)     a list of notices of civil partnership; and

(b)     particulars of a notice of civil partnership for which he or she has not yet granted a licence or certificate.

(2)     The Superintendent Registrar is not required to display those notices or particulars in the entrance to or outside the office of the Superintendent Registrar.

(3)     This Article overrides Article 7(7).

26B   Change to process for declarations and affirmations for licences

(1)     A person requesting a licence –

(a)     is not required to comply with Article 9(2); but

(b)     must comply with this Article.

(2)     This Article is complied with if, –

(a)     over an audio-visual link in which the Superintendent Registrar and the person can see and hear each other, the Superintendent Registrar –

(i)      positively identifies the person,

(ii)      sees and hears the person make a solemn declaration that the person believes there is no lawful impediment to the civil partnership being formed, and

(iii)     sees the person sign the declaration;

(b)     the person sends the signed declaration to the Superintendent Registrar; and

(c)     the Superintendent Registrar certifies, on the signed declaration, that sub-paragraph (a) was complied with.

(3)     For the purpose of Article 9(3), a request is deemed to be made in accordance with Article 9 if Article 9(1) and this Article are complied with.

26C    Change to process for declarations and affirmations for certificates of civil partnerships

(1)     A person requesting a certificate of civil partnership –

(a)     is not required to comply with Article 12(2); but

(b)     must comply with this Article.

(2)     This Article is complied with if, –

(a)     over an audio-visual link in which the Superintendent Registrar and the person can see and hear each other, the Superintendent Registrar –

(i)      positively identifies the person,

(ii)      sees and hears the person make a solemn declaration that the person believes there is no lawful impediment to the civil partnership being formed, and

(iii)     sees the person sign the declaration;

(b)     the person sends the signed declaration to the Superintendent Registrar; and

(c)     the Superintendent Registrar certifies, on the signed declaration, that sub-paragraph (a) was complied with.

(3)     For the purpose of Article 12(3), a request is deemed to be made in accordance with Article 12 if Article 12(1) and this Article are complied with.

26D   Expiry of this Part

This Part expires on 30th September 2020.”.

2        Temporary amendment of Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Law 2001

After Article 24G of the Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Law 2001[3] there is inserted –

“Temporary measures due to Covid-19 outbreak

24H   Change to process to give notice of intended marriage

(1)     Parties to an intended marriage must use the process in Article 10(6) to give notice of their intended marriage.

(2)     This Article overrides Article 10(5).

24I     Change to publication requirements for notices of intended marriage

(1)     The Superintendent Registrar is not required to publish a notice of intended marriage at the Office of the Superintendent Registrar.

(2)     This Article overrides Article 11(1)(a).

24J    Change to signature verification process for issue of marriage schedule

(1)     The Superintendent Registrar must not issue a marriage schedule unless –

(a)     the requirements in Article 15(3)(b) to (d) are satisfied; and

(b)     this Article is complied with.

(2)     This Article is complied with if, –

(a)     over an audio-visual link in which the Superintendent Registrar and the parties (either together or separately) can see and hear each other, the Superintendent Registrar –

(i)      positively identifies the parties,

(ii)      sees the parties sign the signature verification form, and

(iii)     is satisfied (by whatever means the Superintendent Registrar considers practical) that the document signed by the parties is the signature verification form;

(b)     the parties send the signed signature verification form to the Superintendent Registrar;

(c)     the Superintendent Registrar is satisfied that the signatures on the freedom to marry declarations are the signatures of the parties; and

(d)     the Superintendent Registrar certifies, on the signed signature verification form, that sub-paragraph (a) was complied with.

(3)     This Article overrides Article 15(3).

(4)     Any provision that is subject to Article 15(3) (in whole or in part) is subject to this Article.

24K   Change to process for signing certificate of no impediment

(1)     The Superintendent Registrar must not issue a certificate of no impediment to marriage unless –

(a)     the requirements in Article 16(3)(a) and (c) are satisfied; and

(b)     this Article is complied with.

(2)     This Article is complied with if, –

(a)     over an audio-visual link in which the Superintendent Registrar and the person can see and hear each other, the Superintendent Registrar –

(i)      positively identifies the person,

(ii)      sees the person sign the certificate of no impediment to marriage, and

(iii)     is satisfied (by whatever means the Superintendent Registrar considers practical) that the document signed by the person is the certificate;

(b)     the parties send the signed certificate to the Superintendent Registrar; and

(c)     the Superintendent Registrar certifies, on the signed certificate, that sub-paragraph (a) was complied with.

(3)     This Article overrides Article 16(3).

24L    Change to signature verification process for issue of conversion declaration form

(1)     The Superintendent Registrar must not issue a conversion declaration form unless –

(a)     the requirements in Article 21(3)(b) and (c) are satisfied; and

(b)     this Article is complied with.

(2)     This Article is complied with if –

(a)     the parties send to the Superintendent Registrar the original or certified copy of the documents required under Articles 19(3)(c) and 20(2);

(b)     after the Superintendent Registrar has received the required documents, over an audio-visual link in which the Superintendent Registrar and the parties (either together or separately) can see and hear each other, the Superintendent Registrar –

(i)      positively identifies the parties,

(ii)      sees the parties sign the signature verification form, and

(iii)     is satisfied (by whatever means the Superintendent Registrar considers practical) that the document signed by the parties is the signature verification form;

(c)     the parties send the signed signature verification form to the Superintendent Registrar; and

(d)     the Superintendent Registrar certifies, on the signed signature verification form, that sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) were complied with.

24M  Expiry of provisions related to temporary Covid-19 measures

This Article, Articles 24H to 24L and the cross-heading above Article 24H expire on 30th September 2020.”.

3        Temporary amendment of Civil Partnership (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Jersey) Order 2012

(1)     After Article 2(1) of the Civil Partnership (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Jersey) Order 2012[4] there is inserted –

“(1A) If the notice of civil partnership is not signed in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar, the Superintendent Registrar must indicate that fact on the notice but may sign the notice.”.

(2)     After Article 2(2) of the Civil Partnership (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Jersey) Order 2012[5] there is inserted –

“(2A) If the declaration required under Article 7(5)(b) of the Law is not signed in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar, the Superintendent Registrar must indicate that fact on the notice but may sign the notice.”.

(3)     After Article 10 of the Civil Partnership (Forms, Registration and Fees) (Jersey) Order 2012[6] there is inserted –

“10A Expiry of temporary Covid-19 measure

This Article, Article 2(1A) and Article 2(2A) expire on 30th September 2020.”.

4        Temporary amendment of Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Order 2018

After Article 32 of the Marriage and Civil Status (Jersey) Order 2018[7] there is inserted –

“32A Change to signature verification process during Covid-19 outbreak

(1)     A signature verification form is deemed to be signed in the presence of the Superintendent Registrar if Article 24J or 24L of the Law (as appropriate) is complied with.

(2)     This Article expires on 30th September 2020.”.

5        Citation and commencement

These Regulations may be cited as the Covid-19 (Civil Partnership and Marriage) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 and come into force on the day after they are made.

dr. m. egan

Greffier of the States

 




[1]                                     L.2/2020

[2]                                     chapter 12.260

[3]                                     chapter 12.600

[4]                                     chapter 12.260.40

[5]                                     chapter 12.260.40

[6]                                     chapter 12.260.40

[7]                                     R&O.69/2018


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