How petitions work

  1. You create a petition. Only Jersey residents aged over 16 can create or sign a petition.
  2. You get 5 people to support your petition. We’ll tell you how to do this when you’ve created your petition.
  3. We check your petition, then publish it. We only reject petitions that don’t meet the standards for petitions.
  4. States Members see all the petitions we publish. They can find out more about the issues raised by petitions. They have the power to press for action from Ministers or the States Assembly.
  5. At 1,000 signatures you get a response from Ministers.
  6. At 5,000 signatures your petition will be considered for a debate in the States Assembly.


Petitions which reach 5,000 signatures are considered for debate by the States Assembly. A debate might not happen if the issue has already been debated recently or there’s a debate scheduled for the near future. If that’s the case, we’ll tell you how you can find out more about States Assembly debates on the issue raised by your petition.

States Members, or a scrutiny panel, might consider your petition for a debate before it reaches 5,000 signatures or might bring a proposition on the subject you have raised.

Standards for petitions

Petitions must call for a specific action from Jersey Ministers or the States Assembly.

Petitions must be about something that the States Assembly is responsible for.

Petitions can disagree with Ministers and can ask for policies to be changed. Petitions can be critical of Jersey Ministers or the States Assembly.

We reject petitions that don’t meet the rules. If we reject your petition, we’ll tell you why. If we can, we’ll suggest other ways you could raise your issue.

We’ll have to reject your petition if:

We publish the text of petitions that we reject, as long as they’re not:

If you have any other questions, please get in touch.