Jersey

Crown officers' review panel consults Jersey public

Jersey Bailiff Michael Birt
Image caption The panel wants the public's view on whether the Bailiff should be Jersey's civic head

The panel reviewing the Crown Officers' roles in Jersey is seeking islanders' view for a final time before reaching its conclusions.

It is examining the bailiff's dual role as head of the States and Chief Judge.

The panel is also investigating whether the attorney general - chief prosecutor and legal advisor to the States - should give up some of his roles.

A public meeting will be held in St Paul's Centre, St Helier, on Thursday 2 September at 1930 BST.

'Constitutional importance'

Led by Lord Carswell, a former Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland, the independent panel is due to report back to the States before the end of the year on whether or not the roles should be changed.

Since public hearings began in March, the panel said a "number of issues" had been raised on which it would like to hear the public's views.

These include whether the bailiff should be Jersey's civic head and whether someone other than the attorney general should be titular head of Jersey's Honorary Police.

Lord Carswell said: "It is important that the review panel should receive the views of the people of Jersey on these issues, which are of great significance for the constitutional future of the island."

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