La Gazette Officielle to be written in 'plain' English

The States of Guernsey has agreed to change the law so official government notices will be published in plain English in the future.

Chief Minister Lyndon Trott said it would remove the "expensive process of setting notices in a legal language".

La Gazette Officielle includes public notices from elections to law changes.

Deputies also rescinded a 2008 States resolution for notices to be provided on the internet instead of in the island's only daily newspaper.

Deputy Trott said that for the majority of the public the internet was not their preferred way of receiving public information.

Research by the Public Engagement Review Panel revealed that moving to a solely online format would exclude 30% of islanders, as they do not have access to the internet.

The panel concluded an online gazette would be a useful addition rather than a replacement means of communication and this could be reviewed when the States launches its new website in 2012.

The cost for the States to place La Gazette Officielle notices in the Guernsey Press is about £30,000 a year.

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