The Clerk of the Parliament or his officers are able to advise informally before signatures are collected as to whether a draft petition will be acceptable for presentation to the Assembly. To contact the Clerk's office please call 07 3553 6451 or email

Standing Orders provide the following general rules for petitions.
  • A petition shall be in the English language, or if in another language shall be accompanied by an English translation, certified by the member who sponsors or lodges it to be a true and correct translation.
  • The grievance and action required on each petition cannot exceed 250 words.
  • A petition of a company must be made under its common seal (if the company has a common seal).
  • Letters, affidavits, or other documents may not be attached to a petition and, in the case of e-petitions, no reference to URLs or other links or web based references are permitted.
  • A petition must be respectful, decorous and temperate and not contain any unparliamentary language or otherwise offend any rule or practice of the House.
  • Application shall not be made by a petition for any grant of public money, nor for compounding debts due to the Crown, nor for the remission of duties payable by any person, unless it is first recommended by the Governor.
  • In respect of paper petitions, signatures shall be written upon the petition itself, and not pasted upon it, or otherwise affixed or transferred to it.
  • Persons must sign paper petitions by their names or marks, and by no one else's, except in case of incapacity from sickness.
  • Persons must join an e-petition by filling out their correct details and personally agreeing to join the e-petition, and by no one else, except in case of incapacity from sickness.
  • A person cannot sign or join the same paper petition or e-petition more than once.
  • The correct form of the petition (including the name, address and, in the case of an e-petition, the email address of the principal petitioner) must appear on each page of the petition to be presented to the House.