"The Privileges and Procedures Committee will be meeting on Tuesday 1st August 2017 to hear from Deputy Andrew Lewis of St Helier in relation to its investigation into whether he breached the States Members Code of Conduct.
The meeting, which will be held in public, will take place at 2.30 pm at St Paul’s Centre. During the meeting, the Committee will hear from Deputy Lewis in order to determine whether he breached the Code.
The Chairman of the Privileges and Procedures Committee, Connétable Len Norman said “What matters to the Committee is whether, during the course of his time as a States Member, throughout his dealings with the IJCI and his responses to the Assembly, Deputy Lewis’ actions complied with the Code. In other words, we will be determining whether his actions maintained and strengthened the public’s trust and confidence in the integrity of the States and its members.”
(1) Where the PPC has information, whether or not received from a complainant, that suggests that an elected member may have acted in breach of the code of conduct it shall, without undue delay, inform the member and investigate the act.
(2) The PPC may appoint a panel of 3 persons to investigate the act and report upon it to the PPC.
(3) One of the persons appointed must be a member of the States, although he or she need not be a member of the PPC.
(4) The other persons appointed may or may not be members of the PPC or of the States.
(5) The PPC shall appoint a member of the panel who is also a member of the States to be chairman of the panel.
(6) If the elected member whose act is to be investigated is a member of the PPC, he or she shall take no part in the investigation or the appointment of any person to undertake the investigation.
(7) If a member of the PPC is the complainant, or is otherwise connected with or was involved in the act to be investigated, he or she shall take no part in the investigation or the appointment of any panel to undertake the investigation.
(8) The fact that the PPC has appointed a panel to investigate the act shall not prevent the PPC conducting any part of the investigation itself.
(9) The elected member whose act is being investigated shall have the right to address the persons conducting the investigation, whether they are the PPC or a panel, and, when doing so, to be accompanied by a person of his or her choice.
158 Outcome of investigation
(1) When an investigation is complete and the panel (if any) appointed to conduct it has reported to the PPC –
(a) the elected member whose act has been investigated shall have the right to address the PPC and, when doing so, may be accompanied by a person of his or her choice; and
(b) the PPC shall review the matter and form an opinion as to whether or not he or she has breached of the code of conduct.
(2) The PPC –
(a) shall inform the elected member of its opinion and of the reasons for it; and
(b) may report the opinion and reasons, and any action taken by the PPC, to the States.