Jersey States commissioner 'needed for rule breakers'

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Jersey States members who break the island's parliamentary code of conduct may have to answer to an independent commissioner in future.

The Privileges and Procedures Committee has decided to recommend the role be created following an internal review.

The committee says it cannot fairly determine whether cases proceed, then whether they should be upheld and what punishment there should be.

The Code of Conduct was approved in 2003 and introduced in December 2005.

It oversees issues of parliamentary behaviour including the acceptance of gifts, the handling of confidential information and the appointments to public office.

Currently, any States member accused of transgression has to answer to the committee during every phase of the case.

States members will debate the creation of an independent commissioner role at their meeting on Tuesday.

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