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Death Law

Welcome to the Death Law section.

Burials and Exhumations

Duties in respect of the disposal of bodies Where a person has died in Jersey, or that person’s body has been brought in to Jersey, it shall be the duty of the person’s surviving spouse; the person’s nearest known relative or any one or more of them being kin in the same degree; the executor […]

Cremations, Cemeteries and Graves

The Crematorium Westmount Road St Helier JE2 3LP Contact the Superintendent. Tel: +44 1534 444880 Who has responsibility for the Crematorium? Customer and Local Services PO Box 55 La Motte Street St Helier Jersey JE4 8PE Tel: +44 1534 444444 E-mail: customerservice@gov.je Who should complaints be made to? Any complaints should be made to Customer […]

Death of Non-Residents

Probate (Jersey) Law Article 19(2) of the Probate (Jersey) Law 1998 states that a Jersey Grant of Probate is not required if, at the date of death, the value of the Jersey assets are less than £10,000. However, some institutions may insist on a Probate being obtained. In cases where a person dies domiciled outside […]


It is important to discuss death and what you might wish to happen at your funeral while you are alive.  It is a subject that most of us do not want to talk about but if people know the deceased person’s wishes in advance, it is much easier to arrange their funeral in the way […]

Inquests and Coroners

The role of Coroner is a responsibility of the Viscount.  In most circumstances the Deputy Viscount will conduct an inquest and sometimes a Relief Coroner. There is a Guide to Sudden Deaths and Inquests on the Viscount’s Department website which contains a lot of information and helpful advice.  A brief explanation of what an inquest is […]

Registration of Death

How do you register a death? Every death in the island must be registered by the Registrar of the parish in which the person died within five days. If an inquest has been ordered, the period of five days allowed to register a death is extended. Funeral directors usually register the death. Fees To actually […]

Sudden Death

Needs to be certified and registered A death has to be certified and registered within five days so a doctor will have to be called to provide the death certificate. See Registration of Death. If the death is sudden, contact the person’s GP if known or the Ambulance Service and Police. Victim Support Can offer […]

Viscounts Department

Duties of Viscount’s Office Enforcement of Judgements Issue of Notice to Quit, serving of Expulsion orders Serving of Injunctions Contacts Principal Enforcement Officer Tel: +44 1534 441419 Senior Enforcement Officer Tel: +44 1534 441420 Coroner’s function www.gov.je/LifeEvents/DeathBereavement/Pages/Coroner.aspx Administration of ‘en désastre’ Procedure Tel: +44 1534 441410 The Viscount also conducts Inquests Ground Floor Morier House […]
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