600th Anniversary of the Tynwald Day Ceremony
Friday, 14 July 2017 | Gareth
The ceremony unfolds in the same way each year. After a religious service in the Royal Chapel, the Lieutenant Governor and Members of Tynwald, along with other officials, proceed towards Tynwald Hill, where they sit in a tiered formation. After the Court has been fenced or called into order by the Coroner of Glenfaba, the Deemsters promulgate all the new laws that have been passed during the previous year, reading out loud their titles and a short description in English and Manx Gaelic. The people of the Isle of Man are then invited to present Petitions for Redress, which are collected at the foot of the Hill by the Clerk of Tynwald. After the proceedings on the Hill, Tynwald meets in the Chapel for the Captioning of the Acts, when the President of Tynwald and the Speaker of the House of Keys sign certificates of promulgation for the Acts read out by the Deemsters. After Tynwald has conducted any other parliamentary business, the ceremony is over for another year.
Tynwald Day is marked with pomp and ceremony, but it is also an important aspect of Manx parliamentary democracy. The laws are promulgated so that they can be heard by the people of the Isle of Man; if they are not promulgated within eighteen months of having been passed by Tynwald, they cease to have effect. The people are able to air their grievances directly at the foot of the Hill, and matters can indeed be redressed as a result of this simple procedure. Tynwald Day vividly encapsulates the purpose of the Manx parliament: to serve the people of the Isle of Man.
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