The Branches of Tynwald
The High Court of Tynwald is historically comprised
of three powers sitting as one body: The Lord of Mann (the sovereign
or their representative, the Lieutenant Governor), the Legislative
Council and the House of Keys.
The Legislative Council
The Legislative Council endorses legislation
promoted by the Keys. The Council originally comprised the Lord's
officers and officials; the principal civil, military and ecclesiastical
administrators of the Island. The majority of the Council are now
elected by the House of Keys.
The House of Keys
The main function of the House of Keys is the
consideration of Bills (draft legislation) before they are made
Law by Act of Tynwald.
The role of the House of Keys has always been to represent the people
of the Isle of Man in dealing with the Lord of Mann and his Council.
The Keys became a publicly elected body in 1866.