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Bailiff vote backtrack

Bailiff vote backtrack

Friday 03 May 2019

Bailiff vote backtrack

States Members have voted to put a halt to further discussions about the Bailiff's role - after deciding yesterday that the public should decide his fate.

Senator Sam Mézec, who was bringing forward proposals for an 'elected speaker' similar to the UK's system in place of the Bailiff presiding over the Assembly, withdrew his proposals.

It came after politicians voted yesterday that, if his proposals were agreed, the public should vote on them before they become a reality.

Senator Mézec, however, said that if a decision was made today then there would be no chance to consider the "compromise" option that the Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, suggested this week.

States Members agreed with Senator Mézec that his plans should be withdrawn by 35 votes.

Senator Le Fondré's compromise involves keeping the Bailiff, but allowing a speaker to preside if he isn't available.

The matter of the Bailiff's controversial dual role as part of the island's judiciary and legislature - areas which are usually kept apart in other jurisdictions - won't come up again until June when the Chief Minister will try and gain support for his idea.

Deputy Kirsten Morel said that Senator Mézec's decision to withdraw his plans had rendered "useless three hours of painfully tedious debate".

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