The review panel
In 2009, an independent review panel was appointed by the States to review the roles of Jersey's Crown Officers (Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Attorney General and Solicitor General). The panel was asked to report back to the States on whether the current roles should be changed and, if so, how and the likely cost implications.
The review considered the Bailiff's roles in the States; as chief justice; and as the 'civic head' of the Island. For the Attorney General, the review examined his role as head of the prosecution service; legal advisor to the States, Council of Ministers and Scrutiny Panels; and 'titular head' of the Honorary Police. The panel invited written submissions and held public hearings. The submissions and transcripts of the hearings are available to read on these webpages.
The panel is chaired by the Right Honourable Lord Carswell and the members of the panel are:
- Mrs Marie-Louise Backhurst
- Mr Geoffrey Crill
- Dr Sandra Mountford
- Mr Ian Strang
The panel reported back to the States on 6 December 2010.
Download terms of reference for the review of Crown Officers (size 7kb)
The Bailiff is president of both Jersey's Royal Court and the States Assembly. As such, he is the chief judge in Jersey and is the 'speaker' in the Island's parliament. He is also the 'civic head' of the Island, meaning he speaks on formal occasions such as Liberation Day and receives distinguished visitors to the Island. The Deputy Bailiff deputises for the Bailiff.
The Attorney General gives legal advice to Ministers and Scrutiny Panels. He is also the head of Jersey's prosecution service and, as 'titular head' of the Honorary Police, carries out the duties that arise from that position. His department also assists overseas law enforcement agencies and carries out conveyancing work for the States. The Solicitor General deputises for the Attorney General.