Jersey has its own distinct characteristics, based on its status as a British Crown Dependency that geographically is part of France. Some of these characteristics are well documented, but others are not. There is also a lack of basic information is a readily accessible form. This series of papers aims to meet the need for such information. The papers are brief, no more than 6,000 words, stand-alone and include references and sources of further information. It is hoped that they will be useful to those who need to study aspects of Jersey and more generally as a source of information. The papers will be regularly updated and other papers will be added to the series.
Paper 1 Jersey's History provides a brief description of Jersey's history from earliest times to the present day. An understanding of Jersey's history is essential to understanding its economy and political system.
Paper 2 Jersey's Constitution and Political System describes Jersey constitutional position as a British Crown Dependency and its internal system of government.
Paper 3 Jersey's Parishes explains the origins and growth of Jersey's 12 parishes and their internal organisation and gives a brief description of each of the parishes.
Paper 4 Jersey's Population sets out key data on the evolution of Jersey's population and the development of population policy.
Paper 5 Jersey's Economy describes the structure of the Jersey economy, noting in particular the importance of finance centre activity, which accounts for nearly 40% of economic activity.
Paper 6 Jersey's public finances explains Jersey's tax system and government finances.
Paper 7 Jersey's Legal System covers Jersey's distinct legal framework embracing aspects of Norman law and structures and the court system.