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Our first female Deputy Bailiff

Our first female Deputy Bailiff


Ms. Jessica Roland was sworn in as Guernsey first ever female Deputy Bailiff  on Wednesday 13th May at 11am at a special sitting of the Royal Court.

Ms Roland told BBC Guernsey: “If the fact that I’m a woman inspires other people to think when they thought they couldn’t do something that they can, well then, that’s excellent.”

Shelaine Green, Chair of Women in Public Life, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Jessica Roland as the island’s first female Deputy Bailiff. We wish Ms Roland every success and look forward to watching her deputise for the Bailiff at States meetings in the future. This historic moment comes at a time when female leadership is very evident in Guernsey and we hope that this inspires other women to put themselves forward for all sorts of roles in our community.”

Watch this historic moment online – go to When you reach the Microsoft Teams page then click ‘watch on the web instead’, then ‘join anonymously’.

Media coverage:

Chris George‘s photos:

Photos of the swearing in of the Deputy Bailiff, Jessica Roland.


Photo of Advocate Jessica Rowland

Guernsey’s iconic women of the future?

Thank you for nominating a young woman or girl for our future iconic Guernsey women campaign to celebrate International Women’s Day!

Nominations close on Sunday 6 March at 17.00.

Please fill in the details below.


Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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