When a law has been drafted it is called a Projet de Loi (literally a draft Law), which is the same as a Parliamentary Bill in England. As such, a Projet de Loi does not come into force until it has been approved by the Queen in Council and registered by the Royal Court. It is only once a Projet de Loi has received Royal Sanction that it is officially referred to as an Order in Council, and more often as the anglicised "Law".
Projets de Loi in general deal with those areas where the States of Deliberation do not have customary powers to enact Ordinances, or where Laws are perceived to be necessary, for example, to create any new tax (eg, the Income Tax Law), to regulate rights of property (eg, the Land Planning and Development Law) or to amend the customary law e.g. the law of inheritance (eg, the Law Reform (Inheritance and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Guernsey) Law).
This section of the website also contains miscellaneous Orders, Statutes and other instruments which have received Royal Sanction and been duly registered by the Royal Court.
In order to help users find the relevant content, the Laws and Orders in Council, have been split up into Guernsey & Bailiwick, Alderney and Sark and each section can be accessed via the navigation bar on left hand side of the screen. Each section contains an A-Z listing containing subject categories.
To view a list of laws published by the Office of H.M. Greffier since 1951 please click Laws published since 1950 [663kb].