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William Bailhache

Next Deputy Bailiff, William Bailhache

Another Bailhache...

The Bailiff's brother is appointed Deputy Bailiff.

It may have been controversial when William Bailhache became Attorney General a few years ago.

He insisted there was no conflict of interest in his appointment then when his brother Sir Phillip was Bailiff.

It set him on the path towards becoming Bailiff himself one day and yesterday it was announced he would follow in his older brother's footsteps and become Deputy Bailiff.

Bailiff of Jersey

Current Bailiff, Sir Philip Bailhache

In the States yesterday, Sir Philip Bailhache said: “The government house has announced that the Queen has approved the appointment of Mr William Bailhache as Deputy Baliff in succession to me.”

This was met by foot-stamping by the majority of States members, but Senator Stuart Syvret had this to add.

Senator Syvret said: “I may be alone, but can I say that I think that is a reprehensible decision.”

Criticism

William Bailhache himself brushed off the criticism from Senator Stuart Syvret.

He said: “I am sure in public life you are always going to make some friends and you are going to upset some people as well.”

Senator Stuart Syvret

Senator Stuart Syvret

With a few exceptions it's traditional for the Deputy Bailiff to go on to become the Bailiff and William Bailhache says that it is indeed his ambition.

So even if William Bailhache isn't concerned about his critics - how does he feel about the debate over whether it's appropriate to move from being the island's Chief Prosecutor to become judge and presiding officer over the States Assembly? Well - he's quite sanguine about that as well

He said: “Much is made of the dual role. In practice it is not a problem that arises as well. In my experience the judges make sure they do not preside over cases where the States have been considering the matter an issue. It is a theoretical rather than a practical problem.”

But what about the challenge of keeping sometimes unruly politicians in line.

Michael Birt

The next Bailiff, Michael Birt

"I think the important thing with all people, whether you are in court or in the States, is to try and approach things objectively, courteously and fairly. If you take that approach, it will be respected," Mr Bailhache concluded.

The current Attorney General William Bailhache will take up his new role as Deputy Bailiff in November.

It's usual practise to cease being involved in criminal matters three months before changing roles, although Mr Bailhache says he will continue on those cases he's already closely involved in.

And William Bailhache says he hopes in the fullness of time to follow in his brother's, Sir Phillip Bailhache's footsteps and become the island's Bailiff.

last updated: 11/06/2009 at 12:56
created: 11/06/2009

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susan
Why has this been allowed to happen?

susan
Why has this been allowed to happen?

bruce
i really am sick of the sight of these disgusting control freaks. horrible, smarmy, spiteful little men. just look at birt's face, smug little toff. i can't wait for them to shuffle off into senile obscurity and we can get on with making jersey a great place to live on again.

Steve
Is this not really quite unacceptable?If this happened in the UK i am sure there would be a public outcry. Family members appointing others in a 'democracy'?

Furious
A disgrace.This sort of thing wouldn't go on in any other european countries.

Andy
This system needs to be reviewed as it does not fit in with 21st Century politics.

old bob
Another farce, Syvret is right to be concerned.This old stale regime rumbles on,helping only its own. A truly sad day for Jersey.

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