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Judge of the Royal Court


1 vacancy

The Royal Court is seeking to appoint a Judge of the Royal Court to replace Judge Russell Finch OBE who retired in February 2020. The role is being advertised in the UK as well as Guernsey.


A Judge of the Royal Court presides over the full range of cases heard in the Royal Court and, as the need arises, also sits in the Magistrate’s Court.

Royal Court:

In some Royal Court cases, the Judge sits alone; in others, he or she is supported by a number of Jurats. When Jurats are present, the Judge makes decisions on matters of law and the Jurats decide on the facts.

The judicial work of the Royal Court is shared between the Bailiff, the Deputy Bailiff, the Judge of the Royal Court and the Lieutenant Bailiffs. The Full Court conducts major trials, hears appeals from the Magistrate’s Court and swears in important officials. The Ordinary Division decides on civil actions including insolvencies and adoptions.

Magistrate’s Court:

The Magistrate’s Court deals with criminal cases where the offence has a maximum sentence of two years and civil cases where the sum involved is less than £10,000. The work is shared between the two Magistrates – Judge Graeme McKerrell and Judge Gary Perry – and the Judge of the Royal Court, when required.

Judge Cherry McMillen retired as a Magistrate in 2019, although she still serves as a Lieutenant Bailiff in the Royal Court and a Deputy Judge in the Magistrate’s Court.

Selection process

Candidates will be interviewed by a panel of senior members of the judiciary in Guernsey. The panel composition has not yet been decided but for the recent appointment of a new Magistrate the panel comprised the Bailiff, the Deputy Bailiff, the Judge of the Royal Court and Jurats B J Bartie and S M Jones OBE.

Skills and experience neededClassified advert for Judge of the Royal Court

  • 10 years experience (or shorter, if the Court agrees) as a Guernsey Advocate, a UK member of the Bar or a UK Solicitor.
  • Extensive experience of appearing before, or working in, the Royal Court, Magistrate’s Court or equivalent courts in the UK.
  • Other criteria, including personal attributes, are outlined here.

Training will be provided, as required.

Time commitment

This a full-time, salaried position, which may be filled by one person or possibly shared between two people working part-time. The retirement age is intended to be 68 but this could be extended to 70 or reduced to 65 by negotiation. Salary will be set in reference to the Guernsey civil service payscale.

Further information about the role, the criteria and the Court is here. To discuss the position, contact Adrian Nicolle, Secretary to the Bailiff, on 01481 749513 or


Closed:  Friday 17th July 2020 at 4pm.




External view of Royal Court

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: 

Are you from South Africa? Please email if there is a social or cultural group for people from South Africa in Guernsey.

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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.

Are you from New Zealand? You may be interested in joining the ANZACs in Guernsey Facebook group

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