Although Guernsey is not constitutionally part of the UK, it is the UK Honours system that applies in the Crown Dependencies. For that reason, nominations made from Guernsey are forwarded through official channels for decision by the appropriate UK authorities.
Any person or persons may make a nomination by contacting the Bailiff's Chambers and requesting an Honours Nomination Form. The address for contact is:
The Bailiff's Chambers
Royal Court House
Telephone: +44 (0)1481 726161
Fax: +44 (0)1481 713861
Please complete the nomination form in full and accurately, following the instructions in each section closely. It is important that you provide as much information as possible about your nominee, and try to explain what their actual contribution in an area has been, as opposed to just listing jobs or posts held.
Honours are given to people from all walks of life and all sections of society who have made a difference to their community. However, the number of honours available is strictly limited and therefore, however valuable their service, not everyone can receive recognition. It is important to realise that an honour will not automatically follow a submission. The type and level of award need not be stated.
There are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms, but their consideration is likely to take at least 12 to 18 months. Therefore, you should not nominate a person for a specific Honours List. Nominations should be made while the nominee is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he/she is expected to retire or stand down. Honours Lists are published at New Year and on the occasion of The Sovereign's Birthday.
If, after two years, your nominee has not been successful you may assume the nomination has lapsed. You may re-nominate but a different outcome is unlikely unless your nominee has had additional achievements.
All nominations for honours are treated in the strictest confidence. The nominee should not be informed that they have been nominated, as it is not fair to raise expectations in case they are not met.
Letters of support should be from others who can endorse the nominee's contribution from firsthand knowledge.
Upon receipt of your nomination, the Secretary to the Bailiff will send an acknowledgement. Please note that it is not possible to enter into correspondence on the merits of a particular nomination whilst it is under consideration.
You may send additional information to support the nomination at any time, and we will ensure that this is considered with the existing papers. The Secretary to the Bailiff should also be advised if there has been any important change to the information supplied on the nomination form, such as the home address of the nominee.
People who are not British citizens or citizens of Commonwealth countries of which The Queen is Head of State, are eligible to be considered for awards but the award may be an honorary one.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is an annual award which recognises and rewards outstanding achievement by groups in the community. Further information and a nomination form can be obtained at www.queensawardvoluntary.gov.uk or by calling 0845 000 2002.