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Jersey Politics

The States of Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom

Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands, is a parliamentary democracy and a dependent of the British Crown. It is a British Island but it is not part of the United Kingdom, nor is it a colony. There are no political parties, no cabinet and no Prime Minister and because it is presided over by a Bailiff, its structure is that of a Bailiwick.

 

While Jersey makes its own laws, it has pledged allegiance to the English Crown since 1066. Today, as sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is represented in the Island by the Lieutenant-Governor, through whom the Jersey and UK governments communicate.

 

The Legal system is based on Norman customary law (including the Clameur de Haro *), statute and English law; justice is administered by the Royal Court. Statutes were enacted solely in Jersey French until 1929; some legislation continues to be made in French although it is limited and principally concerns administrative and real property matters, wills, successions and some aspects of criminal procedures. Company legislation, regulatory statutes, material bankruptcy procedures, security over shares are governed by statues enacted in English and, in many cases, are largely based on English law principles or practices.

 

* Clameur de Haro is an ancient legal injunction of restraint employed by a person that believes they are being wronged by another at that moment and is generally used, though infrequently, for matters affecting land.