Magistrate’s Court Procedures

4.12.0 Updated on:14 October 2021

How the Magistrate’s Court

The Magistrate’s Court Greffier and their staff run the department on the Ground Floor of the Magistrate’s Court, Union Street, St Helier. They prepare the Court Lists, summonses and can answer any questions you might have.

Tel: +44 1534 440080.

Witnesses

See other information at Witness Services. 

Disputed cases

When a person denies that they have done anything wrong, the case will go to a trial.

Sometimes the person charged with the offence admits to doing it but does not believe that all the information or facts are correct. If this cannot be resolved in Court, a special hearing called Newton Hearing is needed. See Newton Hearing.

Who Prosecutes?

The cases are taken to court by either the Public Prosecutor or a Centenier. The Magistrate sits in judgement and makes decisions on guilt or innocence and decides sentencing.

What Penalties can they give?

A penalty is a form of punishment and if you are found guilty.

The Magistrate may fine you up to £10,000 or send you to prison for up to twelve months. How much or how long will depend on whether you have committed previous offences and the facts of each case.