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Separation of powers
By Ryan Morrison
The bailiff in Jersey is both law-maker and judge and for many it's time to change this dual role.
The Jersey Democratic Alliance wants to see an end to the bailiff's dual role as both law maker and judge.
The JDA say that there's potential for a serious conflict of interest in one person occupying roles in both the island's judiciary and legislature.
But it’s not saying anything new.
The Clothier report published in two thousand recommended a splitting of the bailiff's roles and more recently the deputy of St Saviour, Roy Le Herrisier, and the former health minister, Senator Syvret, have called for these changes.
Speaking at the Time4Change rally in the Royal Square, Senator Stuart Syvret said “we have to have certain fundamental constitutional changes such as a proper separation of powers, we have to have independent judges, and we have to have independent prosecutors.”
The JDA say in the light of the revelations about child abuse in the Jersey the island's reputation at stake and it's because of this that they've decided to announce the proposals now.
They want to see the bailiff replaced within the States by an independent speaker of the house.
Have your say
Do you agree with the JDA? Should the Bailiff’s role as law-maker and judge be removed? If an independent speaker of the house is introduced – should they be directly elected or chosen from existing States members?
last updated: 11/03/2008 at 11:52
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