Sir Phillip with HRH The Prince of Wales
Sir Phillip Bailhache
with Simon Ward
Jersey's Bailiff has completed a decade in the role. Sir Phillip Bailhache has given an exclusive interview about reaching this landmark to BBC Radio Jersey.
The role of Jersey's Bailiff is an appointment by the Queen. Sir Phillip Bailhache is the President of Jersey's government and acts as the speaker in the House. He does not have political power but can have the casting vote in the event of a tied vote. In this case he votes for the status quo. Being Bailiff is a dual role because he is also president of the Royal Court.
Sir Phillip Bailhache was a politician in his own right as Deputy of the parish of Grouville in 1972. He went on to be the Solicitor General, Attorney General and Deputy Bailiff before being appointed by the Queen as Bailiff in 1995.
On the future of Jersey's government Sir Phillip hopes 'consensus politics' will continue as the island moves to a ministerial system. He believes the Bailiff's role continues to be important and he will still have to ensure balance in the new-style government.
In terms of the legal side of his work, Sir Phillip hopes to establish a College of Law. He is working with others to provide more training for people taking up a legal career in Jersey which has its own laws and legal system.
Although he holds high office and is a very well known figure in the island, the Bailiff is quite a reserved man. He enjoys the moments of humour that arise is the House or in court but Sir Phillip admits it's sometimes difficult to be himself completely in a small community and holidays are important to take time away from the island.
He is now 58 years old and continues to enjoy the role of Bailiff enormously. In theory he could continue up to the age of 70 but Sir Phillip is not saying at the moment whether he will step down before then.
Listen to the interview by clicking on the 'Sir Phillip Bailhache Interview' audio link on the top right of the screen.
last updated: 18/04/2008 at 15:07
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