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States Assembly makes history with first 'virtual' sitting

States Assembly makes history with first 'virtual' sitting

Friday 03 April 2020

States Assembly makes history with first 'virtual' sitting

Friday 03 April 2020

Jersey politicians have made history by becoming the first parliament in the Commonwealth to hold a meeting and pass laws 'virtually.'

Yesterday's online format allowed all members to participate by proposing laws, grilling Ministers and voting on legislation while adhering to social distancing.

The historic meeting, which was streamed online, was made possible thanks to work between Digital Jersey and the States Greffe.

Much of the meeting was presided over by the Bailiff, Timothy Le Cocq, from Digital Jersey's Academy in St. Helier, with Greffier Dr Mark Egan stepping in at points.

“A couple of weeks ago, I never could have imagined being able to stream a virtual parliament within only a matter of days," Dr Egan commented.

"I am especially grateful to Digital Jersey for supporting this initiative and ensuring that democratic processes can function in these difficult times."


Pictured: Politicians were unable to meet in the States Chamber as usual due in order to adhere to social distancing advice. 

Tony Moretta, Digital Jersey CEO, added: “When the Greffier approached me for help and advice to run a virtual States Assembly I had no hesitation in offering both a fantastic venue in our Academy and an outstanding individual in Rory Steel to support the plan.

"It was a real pleasure to see what our amazing digital infrastructure and skills can do in Jersey to get even one of our most traditional institutions online.”

The sitting format has since received praise from members of the public and politicians alike.

Another online meeting is being scheduled.

CLICK HERE for a full report on what was discussed.

Pictured top: Deputy Greffier Lisa Hart and the Bailiff appearing on Deputy Kevin Pamplin's screen during the virtual meeting. (@KevinPamplin/Twitter)

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