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Draft Marriage Law Call for Evidence

Scrutiny Panel announces Call for Evidence

16 October 2017

The Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel has announced a public call for evidence as part of its review into the changes to the Marriage and Civil Status Law.

The Draft Marriage and Civil Status (Amendment No.4) (Jersey) Law was lodged on 3rd October 2017 and is available on the States Assembly website.

The purpose of the Panel’s review is to examine the adequacy and effectiveness of the law in:

  • allowing for same-sex couples to get married in Jersey;

  • providing protections for religious organisations;

  • allowing for open air weddings;

  • streamlining and bringing up to date the marriage process.

The Panel would like to hear from all interested stakeholders who wish to comment on matters contained within the draft law.

The deadline for making a submission is Friday 3rd November 2017.

Call for Evidence

Deputy John Le Fondré, Chairman of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Panel, said:

“The purpose of our review is to examine the detail of the draft law to ensure that it is fit for purpose. The main changes to the law, in relation to same-sex marriage and open air weddings, were approved by the States in-principle in 2015. The draft law now contains the detail of how these decisions will be implemented.

There are also a number of other changes to bring the marriage process up to date and consequential amendments to other laws which we will also be reviewing. Our review will focus on how effectively all of these changes are put into effect.”