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Identity of Chef Tenants (FOI)

Identity of Chef Tenants (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 15 July 2021.
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I refer to my previous Freedom of Information response published on 5 October 2016 at the following link:

Crown Fiefs (FOI)

The term in my original request may have been misleading.

By ‘Tenants’, I meant ‘Chef Tenants’.

I do not know the precise definition of the term Chef Tenants, but I understand that they are people owning property near La Cocque Marsh and that they have grazing rights on the fief, and a duty to care for the land. The Constable of Grouville is responsible for chairing their meetings.

Does the Government of Jersey hold information on the identity of these Chef Tenants, please?


The Tenants or Chefs Tenants have rights and responsibilities relating to Crown Land and therefore they constitute private individuals who have a particular relationship with the Crown rather than with the Government of Jersey. Therefore, the Government of Jersey does not maintain records of the identity of Chefs Tenants.

Since the rights of Chefs Tenants are linked to property ownership the identity of a Chef Tenant at the time of a property contract being lodged at the Royal Court may be discovered from those contracts which are held in the Public Registry. Searches of the Public Registry may be undertaken for free by anyone attending at the Registry. Alternatively, searches may be made by Public Registry staff for a charge.

Details of this service may be found on the following Public Registry web page:

Public Registry records (

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