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Request for legal advice (FOI)

Request for legal advice (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 25 November 2015.
Prepared internally, no external costs.



If appearing at a court de facto, is it true that I can refuse its offer of the service of arbitration and wave all the benefits and choose to remain in common law jurisdiction?


Can I choose to remain in common law jurisdiction in general? eg when stopped in the street for a stop and account.


If you are at the magistrates for a minor common law offence (which can be dealt with at the magistrates), is it true to say if you request it a jury can and will be summoned so you can be judged by a number of your peers, (which is stated in the magna carta)?


If summoned to the magistrates court for a statue law, is the magistrates court a court de jure or a court de facto?


In regards to law (common and statue) is Jersey bound by European law? by UK law? or does it vary depending on the case in matter?


We do not hold any information which matches your request.

Under the Article 1 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 “information” means information recorded in any form. The information requested is expert legal advice, which would need to be based on a specific set of circumstances and would need to be obtained from a legally qualified advisor. We do not hold such specific information recorded in any form and are unable to give such legal advice.

There is extensive information published which would provide a background to any advice which might be obtained from a qualified lawyer, good starting points are:

Citizens Advice Bure​au website

Non-executive and legal departments

Jersey Legal Information Board website

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