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:
- Advising the Speaker and Members of the House on parliamentary procedure;
- Interpreting the Standing Orders, conventions, precedents and usages of the House;
- Ensuring preparation of the Order Paper and Minutes of the proceedings of the House, and the safekeeping of papers and records of the House.
Duties of the Clerk as Chief Administrative Officer include:
- Providing administrative, financial, human resource and other support services to the House of Assembly, its Members and the Statutory Offices;
- Serving as Secretary to the House of Assembly Management Commission.
The current Clerk of the House of Assembly is:
Ms. Sandra Barnes
Clerk of the House of Assembly
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 other Table Officers are:
Ms. Elizabeth Murphy
Ms. Lorna Proudfoot, Q.C.
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
Phone: (709) 729-3405