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L'înformâtion et les sèrvices publyis pouor I'Île dé Jèrri

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About the Bailiff's Chambers

Bailiff's Chambers responsibilities​

Responsibilities of the Bailiff’s Chambers include:

  • supporting the judiciary in criminal and civil matters in the Island’s courts
  • issuing a range of injunctions and warrants on a daily basis
  • supporting the Bailiff in the States and in his sworn duty to maintain Jersey’s constitutional privileges
  • organising or helping to co-ordinate a range of public ceremonies including the swearing-in of officials before the Royal Court, the Assise d’Heritage, Liberation Day and Remembrance Sunday
  • assisting the Bailiff to fulfil engagements in the community throughout the year
  • receiving distinguished visitors
  • undertaking the administration of liquor licence extensions
  • licensing public entertainment and charity collections

Bailiff of Jersey

Sir Timothy John Le Cocq

Timothy John Le Cocq's profile on States Assembly

Deputy Bailiff

Robert MacRae

Robert MacRae's profile on States Assembly

Patronages by the Bailiff

The Bailiff supports and encourages public and voluntary service through patronage with charities and other organisations.

The benefits of a Bailiff’s patronage include:

  • adding status to an organisation
  • increasing publicity through visits
  • receiving the Bailiff’s personal involvement as civic head of the Island

A patronage lasts for the duration of the Bailiff’s appointment and would need to be renewed when a successor is appointed. If the patronage relates to a specific campaign or appeal, it will only last a fixed length of time. The Deputy Bailiff may deputise during the Bailiff’s absence.

Patron’s role and responsibilities

As Patron, the Bailiff can promote and support the work of organisations by: 

  • using of the Bailiff’s name and photo in an organisation’s publicity, such as letterheads, annual reports, website, newsletters and fundraising appeal letters
  • receiving regular briefings and information about the work of the organisation
  • doing visits to understand the work of the organisation or to open, attend or participate in events

The Bailiff has no legal status or binding obligations to the charity or organisation or any responsibility for the operational and financial management.

Request a patronage

If you would like to request a patronage, contact the Bailiff’s Chambers by letter.

In your letter include:

  • name of the charity or organisation
  • its role or purpose
  • its governance arrangements
  • contact name, address, email and phone number
  • Jersey charity number, if applicable

The Bailiff can decline an application if there’s a clash with his other roles.

Current patronages by the Bailiff’s

The Bailiff currently supports:

  • Alliance Française 
  • Band of the Island of Jersey
  • Brighter Futures
  • Brightly
  • Commonwealth Games Association of Jersey
  • Community Savings
  • Family Nursing & Home Care
  • FREEDA (formerly Jersey Women's Refuge)
  • Jersey Community Foundation
  • Jersey Eisteddfod
  • Jersey & Guernsey Law Review
  • Jersey Heritage
  • Jersey Humane Society
  • Jersey Motorcycle and Light Car Club
  • Jersey Small-bore Shooting Association 
  • Jersey Symphony Orchestra
  • Kennel Club of Jersey
  • ​Rotary Club of Jersey
  • Royal Commonwealth Society
  • Royal Jersey Agricultural and Horticultural Society
  • Variety – the Children’s Charity of Jersey
  • Victoria College Foundation

Overview of the judicial system​​​

For a dedicated overview of Jersey’s judicial system go to Jersey ​Legal Information Board (JLIB)​.

Making a complaint ag​ainst the Bailiff

You can find out how to make a complaint against the Bailiff in the document below.

Bailiff Complaints Procedure document

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