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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.

With effect from the 1st May, 2016, the functions of Departments of the States of Guernsey, and of the relevant Ministers and Deputy Ministers of those Departments, transferred to a new committee structure, as detailed in Schedule 1 to the Organisation of States' Affairs (Transfer of Functions) Ordinance, 2016.  A number of the consolidated texts of Laws and Ordinances have been amended to reflect the transfers, but there are still many more to amend.  This task will be completed over the coming months and the amended consolidated texts with new committee names included will be posted to the site as soon as they are available.

To view a list of laws published by the Office of H.M. Greffier since 1950 please click pdf icon Laws published since 1950 [667kb].