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The Evolution of the States Assembly

A timeline of the composition of the States of Jersey over the centuries.

13th Century

Formalised by The Constitutions of King John, Jurats were elected by the King's Officials as a lifetime appointment.

16th Century

From the 16th century, the Jurats were accompanied by the Island's Rectors and Constables in the States Assembly.

1856

Deputies were added to the States Assembly in 1856, with 3 for St Helier and 1 for each of the other parishes.

1907

In order to improve representation for the Parish of St Helier, 3 Deputies were added in 1907.

1948

Following the Occupation, the States of Jersey was reformed - increasing the number of Deputies, removing the Rectors, and replacing the Jurats with Senators.

1973

In 1973, the number of Deputies was increased to 29 with the addition of a third Deputy for St Brelade.

2011

In 2011, the number of Senators was reduced to 8.


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