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Codes of Conduct

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Codes of Conduct, drawn up under the Standards in Public Office Act 2001, that set out the standards of conduct and integrity expected to be observed by the persons of whom they related in the performance of their official functions.

These codes are published by the Standards Commission.

The Codes of Conduct are admissible in any proceedings before a court , tribunal , a Committee of Members’ Interests or the Standards Commission.

Any provision of the code that appears relevant to the proceedings may be taken into account in the determination of the matter.

Civil Servants

In the performance of their duties civil servants must have high standards.

Civil Servants must maintain high standards in service delivery by:

  • conscientiously, honestly and impartially serving the Government of the day, the other institutions of State and the Public
  • always acting within the law and
  • performing their duties with efficiency, diligence and courtesy.

Observe appropriate behavior at work by:

  • dealing with the public sympathetically, fairly and promptly and
  • treating their colleagues with respect.

Maintaining the highest standards of probity by:

  • conducting themselves with honesty, impartiality and integrity;
  • never seeking to use improper influence, in particular, never seeking to use political influence to affect decisions concerning their official positions;
  • abiding by guidelines in respect of offers of gifts or hospitality and
  • avoiding conflicts of interest.

Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour

Civil Servants and Politics

Civil servants are required to be impartial in the performance of their duties, under the Civil Service Code of Standards and Behavior.

Circular 09 2009

Letter to PO July 2007



  • Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour

  • Letter to PO July 2007

    The Civil Service Code of Standards and Behaviour

  • Circular 09 2009