Clameur de Haro

4.6.0.L10 Updated on:5 November 2021

An ancient form of immediate injunction, having it’s origins in Norman Law, but still effective in Jersey.

When can it be used?

It can be lawfully raised in cases where someone who is in possession of land is having that possession disturbed or interfered with by some specific and visible wrongful act.

How is it raised?

The Clameur is raised by the aggrieved party, known as the criant, going down on one knee on the threatened property and, bareheaded, hands clasped, and in the presence of two witnesses, saying in the hearing of the alleged wrongdoer: “Haro, Haro, Haro, a l’aide mon Prince, on me fait tort” (Haro, Haro, Haro, Come to my aid, my Prince, I am being wronged).

What happens then?

The alleged wrongdoer must immediately cease actions until the Royal Court has decided whether or not the Clameur has been correctly raised. If they do not stop, they are liable to be fined, even if the Court eventually finds in their favour.

What if the Clameur is raised wrongfully?

Anyone thinking of raising the Clameur must be sure of their grounds, as a person who raises the Clameur wrongfully is liable to a fine.

The advisability of legal advice?

It would be advisable for a person thinking of raising the Clameur to seek legal advice.