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Functions of the Viscount's department

​Court enforcement functions

The functions of the Enforcement Section are:

  • collect and enforce fines
  • receipt and payment of bail moneys
  • arrest and presentation for non-appearance in court
  • service of legal process
  • collect (and pay) costs and compensation
  • execute and enforce civil judgments
  • carry out evicti​ons
  • enforce maintenance orders, collect and pay alimony
  • enforce drug trafficking and other such orders

Assize jury functions

The following functions are carried out in preparation for an Assize trial:

  • prepare the Tableau Général (jury list), and maintain and operate the computerised jury selection system
  • grant exemptions from jury service
  • grant financial assistance to jury members suffering financial hardship as a result of assize jury service
  • act as jury surveillant (custodian)

Coroner's functions

The Coroner's functions are to:

  • conduct inquests
  • deal with all ancillary matters relating to sudden or unexpected death

Insolvency functions

One of the functions of the Insolvency Team is to:

  • administer en d​ésastres proceedings

Other functions

The list below details the other functions of the Viscount's Department:

  • act as Autorisé (Returning Officer) at public elections
  • administer oaths
  • administer the Collective Investment Funds Compensation Scheme
  • administer the estates of deceased persons
  • attend sittings of the Courts
  • attend sittings of the States
  • bear the Royal Mace of the Bailiff of Jersey
  • conduct Vues de Vicomte
  • convene sittings of the Royal Court and other bodies
  • grant exemptions from payment of judicial fees
  • act as curator for impecunious interdicts
  • act as Tuteur of last resort
  • act as trustee for criminal injuries compensation awards to minors
  • promote law reform in the context of the Department's service areas
  • deal with net proceeds of sale of properties sold by the Housing Committee after defaults on States loans
  • perform various ceremonial duties
  • take evidence in chambers for Jersey and foreign courts and authorities
  • act as usher for children giving video-linked evidence
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