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Criminal Law

Welcome to the Criminal Law section.


Following a person’s arrest It is up to the Centenier who has made the arrest to decide whether the person who has been arrested is to be: released on a warning to appear at the hearing of their case should be remanded in custody until the case is heard or can be released “on bail” […]

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

How to apply The online application is available here. This should be done as soon as possible after the injury has occurred, however an application must be made within three years of the date of the event that caused the injury.  

Criminal Offences

Common Law Customary or common law originates from customs that were shaped and interpreted by rulings in the courts. These rulings established precedents that had to be followed by the courts hearing subsequent cases unless the precedents themselves were overturned by a more senior court. The practice whereby decisions were recorded and considered binding in […]

Damaged or Stolen Property

Establishing the cause It is important to find out whether the damage has been caused maliciously, through negligence or by accident, as getting some form of compensation depends on this. In cases of serious loss or damage, the police may have been called in to investigate and insurance assessors, if necessary. It is always useful […]

DBS Checks, criminal record checks

How do you apply? You can apply for a Basic DBS Check yourself on the Scottish Government website here.  

Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000

Please see Human Rights (gov.je)   for further information see Human Rights (Jersey) Law 2000 (jerseylaw.je)

Jersey Royal Court Advisory Service

Please see Family court: how children's interests are represented (gov.je)

Judicial Greffe

please see About the Judicial Greffe (gov.je)  

Judicial Review

What is a Judicial Review? In cases of mal-administration or where a client wishes to challenge the decision of a public body it may be possible to seek a Judicial review where there is no other statutory remedy, eg. a Review Board or Appeal Procedure. In Jersey, the administration of Court proceedings for a Judicial […]

Legal Advice Prior to Attending Court

 The Magistrate’s Court has a Duty Advocate scheme where, for a first appearance before the Magistrate, defendants facing certain types of offences will be given advice. This service is free of charge but you must arrive by 09.30 so that the Duty Advocate can discuss the case with you.  If you have been taken into […]

Miscellaneous Offences

Common nuisance The most obvious offence is that of a person urinating in a public place, committing a public nuisance. Statutory Offences Any person who commits a nuisance in or against any Post Office letter box commits an offence. Any person who commits a nuisance in or against any telephone box commits an offence. An […]


Administration States of Jersey Prison Service HM Prison La Moye La Rue Baal St Brelade JE3 8HQ Tel:+44 1534 441800  

System of Courts and Legislature in Jersey

Lieutenant Governor See Government House The Bailiff of Jersey see Members (gov.je) About the States of Jersey Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands with an area of 45 sq. miles (118.2 sq. km.) and is situated 14 miles off the northwest coast of France and 85 miles from the English coast. It is a […]

Time Limits on Legal Action

Time Limits for a Civil Action If you wish to bring a claim against another person or company for loss you say they have caused you then you can only commence a legal action within certain limits. If you fail to commence an action within the time period allowed your claim will generally be dismissed […]

Witnesses Expenses

What happens if I don’t go to court if called as a witness? If you have been told to appear as a witness, you must turn up at the Court as directed. If you don’t, it could result in you being arrested. You might be fined for wasting the Court’s time. Can I claim expenses? […]

Witnesses Service Jersey

The Witness Service You can talk to staff or a trained volunteer from the Witness Service at Victims First Jersey before you go either to the Magistrate’s Court or the Royal Court. Volunteers cannot discuss evidence or give legal advice but they will provide a friendly face who will show you around either of the […]

Wrongful or Unlawful Arrest

General States of Jersey or Honorary Police Officers may only arrest individuals if certain conditions are satisfied and if these conditions are not satisfied then the arrest may be considered unlawful. It is important to realise that a police officer has a certain amount of discretion in deciding whether or not to carry out an […]

Young People and the Law – The Jersey Youth Criminal Justice System Flowchart

The Jersey Youth Criminal Justice System Arrest Community Service 16 years+ Youth Detention 15 – 20 yrs Age of Criminal Responsibility No person under the age of ten years can be presumed to be guilty of an offence. Children (Jersey) Law 2002. Under the Criminal Justice [Young Offenders] [Jersey] Law 1994 the Court may require […]
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