States of Jersey
History and current set-up
The States of Jersey is the island’s parliament and is made up of 49 elected members. Minutes of meetings of the States started in 1524 and were mixed in with records of the Royal Court until 1603, when the Governor, Sir Walter Raleigh, arranged for them to be recorded separately.
Today, the States Assembly meets fortnightly throughout the year on a Tuesday. As well as the Minutes of the States, a complete written record of States meetings is recorded in the form of Hansard, which was introduced in December 2005 and records everything that members say during question time, statements and debates in the States Assembly.
The audio transcript
The audio is transcribed in accordance with a style guide provided by the States Greffe. A draft of the full transcript is then returned to the States Greffe within two working days of the States sitting and is checked for accuracy by a team of Committee Clerks. Once checks have been completed, the transcript is finalised and Hansard is published on the Assembly website.
In order to create Hansard, each States sitting is audio recorded. Members of the States Greffe team, who provide an independent administrative support service to the States Assembly, take it in turns to ‘log-note’ each States sitting, noting the name of every speaker and the first few words they say, which is logged alongside a timestamp. The log-note and audio recording are then forwarded to an external contractor for transcription at close of business.