What the review covered
In 2009, an independent review panel was appointed by the States to review the roles of Jersey’s Crown Officers:
H.M. Attorney General
H.M. Solicitor General
The panel was asked to report back to the States on whether their roles should be changed and the likely cost implications.
The review considered the Bailiff’s role in the States alongside his role as Chief Justice and as the civic head of the Island. The review also examined the role of H.M. Attorney General as head of the prosecution service; legal advisor to the States, Council of Ministers and Scrutiny Panels; and titular head of the Honorary Police.
The panel was chaired by the Right Honourable Lord Carswell and the members were:
Mrs Marie-Louise Backhurst
Mr Geoffrey Crill
Dr Sandra Mountford
Mr Ian Strang
The panel submitted its report to the States on 6th December 2010.
Its two key recommendations in respect of the role of the Bailiff were that:
Bailiff should cease to act as president of the States and the States should elect their own president, either from within or from without the ranks of their members
the Bailiff should continue to act and be recognised as the civic head of Jersey
The panel's recommendations were discussed by the States during an 'In Committee' debate held on 30th March 2011.