Office of the Clerk

The Office of the Clerk supports the activities of the Clerk of the House of Assembly in all parliamentary and administrative matters.

It also provides support services to all Committees of the House of Assembly and provides full administrative support to the House of Assembly Management Commission.

This includes providing advice to the Speaker on all Commission matters, developing and distributing Commission briefing materials and implementing all Commission decisions.


The Clerk of the House of Assembly

The Clerk is the non-partisan, chief permanent officer of the House of Assembly, equivalent to a Deputy Minister in a Government Department. In that capacity, the Clerk exercises responsibilities as Chief Parliamentary Advisor and Chief Administrative Officer.

Duties of the Clerk as Chief Parliamentary Advisor include:

Duties of the Clerk as Chief Administrative Officer include:

The current Clerk of the House of Assembly is:

Ms. Sandra Barnes
Clerk of the House of Assembly
(709) 729-3405


Table Officers

Table Officers are employees of the House of Assembly who provide procedural advice during sittings of the House, keep Minutes of the proceedings and record the votes. The Table Officers include the Clerk, the Clerk Assistant and the Law Clerk. They sit at the Clerk's table on the floor when the House of Assembly is in session.

The Clerk's Table

The other Table Officers are:


Ms. Elizabeth Murphy
Clerk Assistant
(709) 729-3434

Ms. Lorna Proudfoot, Q.C.
Law Clerk
(709) 729-3406


Sergeant-at-Arms

The Sergeant-at-Arms preserves order and maintains security in the galleries, corridors and other areas within the Parliamentary Precinct. He/she is responsible for the safekeeping of the Mace, the ceremonial staff that represents the authority of the House of Assembly. The Sergeant-at-Arms also leads the Speaker's Parade, signifying the ceremonial opening of each sitting day.

The current Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Assembly is Mr. Wayne Harnum.


Contact the Office of the Clerk

Office of the Clerk
Main Floor, East Block
P.O. Box 8700
St. John's, NL
A1B 4J6
Phone: (709) 729-3405
Email: ClerkHOA@gov.nl.ca