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Review of draft legislation on new criminal procedure

DepartmentJustice and Home Affairs
Start date24/07/2017
End date15/09/2017
Type of consultationOther
Deadline for comments15/09/2017

About the consultation

The criminal justice system may affect everybody at some point in their lives, whether as a person suspected of committing an offence or as a victim, or a witness to a crime, or perhaps as a member of a jury.

This consultation document will briefly explain the process by which the draft law has been developed and the objectives and principles that have guided its development. It then highlights aspects of the draft law that consultees are encouraged to consider and provide written responses to.

The draft law circulated for consultation is not the finished article. The responses to this consultation will help to make sure that the draft is further developed before it's lodged before the States Assembly. 

The Minister for Home Affairs intends that the draft law should be lodged before the Assembly before the end of 2017, with a view to it being debated early in 2018.

We are seeking general comments on the draft law and particular views on the following seven areas of the draft law:

  • juries
  • disclosure
  • compellability of spouses and civil partners
  • special measures
  • hearsay
  • bad character
  • trials: children and young people

Who can respond

It's important that any changes to legislation take into account a wide range of views and experience. Therefore, we would like to hear from:

  • members of the public
  • legal professionals
  • public bodies delivering criminal justice services
  • victim and witness organisations

How to submit comments to the consultation

You can send us your comments in writing or by email.

Write to: 

Criminal Procedure Law Consultation
Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs
5th Floor, Cyril Le Marquand House
The Parade
St Helier

Feedback on this consultation

We value your feedback on how well we consult or seek evidence. If you have any comments on the process of this consultation email the Communications Unit

Responses to the consultation

Following the public consultation from 24th July to 15th September on significant changes to be made to the criminal justice system in Jersey by the new draft Criminal Procedure Law, the Department for Community and Constitutional Affairs has produced a report summarising the feedback received.

Summary of consultation responses

The individual responses to the consultation are also available below, together with a letter in response to the Law Society of Jersey, who provided the most detailed response.

Response from the Law Society of Jersey

Analysis from the Law Society of Jersey

Response from the States of Jersey Police

Response from Advocate M Jowitt

Response from Mr J Gosselin

Response from Professor C de Than

Letter in response to the Law Society of Jersey

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