Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman to take on Sark Seneschal role

Jeremy La Trobe-Bateman will take over as Sark's Seneschal on 27 February as the ancient role is split.

The seneschal has been chief judge and president of the island's government since 1675, but this dual role will end on 26 February.

It was split due to concerns it did not comply with human rights laws.

Mr La Trobe-Bateman said: "I'm proud to be chosen to carry on the tradition in Sark of having lay judges and I'm looking forward to the job."

He has served as the deputy seneschal under Lt Col Reg Guille for 13 years and was the only candidate for the adapted seneschal role.

Mr La Trobe-Bateman role includes being judge, magistrate and coroner.

The holder of the new post of president of Chief Pleas, who will chair government meetings and also be the returning officer for elections and the trustee of island properties, is due to elected at a meeting on 27 February.

Anyone on the electoral roll, except the seneschal and conseillers, can stand for the position.

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