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Go to gov.gg/StatesMeetings to find out which policies and laws the Deputies will be debating at each meeting. Includes links to listen back to recordings of previous meetings. Meetings start on the date shown and may continue until the end of the week, depending on the length of the agenda.
For States Meeting dates further in the future, click here.
If you want to watch a States meeting from the Public Gallery of the Royal Court, here’s what you need to know:
1. States meetings usually run from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm. Visitors are allowed to enter the Public Gallery at any point while the States is in session, you don’t have to be there from the beginning.
2. To find the Gallery, go to the new entrance to the Royal Court building in St James Street (revolving door). Tell Security you’ve come to watch the States meeting and ask them to direct you.
3. As you go through the wooden door to enter the Gallery, you’ll see some stairs to your left. At the top of those stairs turn right and stand at the top of the aisle.
4. If the States is in session you will see the Presiding Officer (usually the Bailiff or the Deputy Bailiff) across the chamber in front of you. It is polite to acknowledge the Presiding Officer by pausing briefly and bowing your head slightly. But don’t worry if you forget, he or she won’t mind.
5. Take a seat wherever you feel comfortable.
6. No clapping or other noise, even if the Deputies clap. No communication with States members while the States is in session. No eating or drinking in the Gallery, although an occasional discreet sip from a water bottle is permitted to keep hydrated. If you need a proper drink and haven’t brought anything with you, there is a water cooler in one of the corridors near the chamber (ask someone to show you) and another cooler in the main reception area of the Royal Court. The Court is trying to reduce waste so if you can use your own cup, so much the better.
11. There are no rules about what to wear – it’s important that members of the public can drop in when they are passing. But if you are coming specifically to watch, you may want to wear something smart (but comfortable).
12. To listen on the radio instead, tune in to 1116AM. Or to listen online, google ‘BBC Guernsey States live’. Or go to www.gov.gg/StatesMeetings and listen live (or a recording later) via Microsoft Teams.
If it would help to have some company on your first visit to the Gallery, we’re always happy to show new people the ropes. Join our Politics WhatsApp group and we’ll keep you posted as to when we are next going to be watching a States meeting. Just send your mobile number to email@example.com and ask to be added to the group.