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Jurat Election Information Hub

 

The States of Election is due to meet to elect a new Jurat of the Royal Court at 9.30am on Wednesday 27th January 2021. [Note: this meeting has been postponed as a result of the recent lockdown].

There are sixteen Jurats and a new one is elected when an existing Jurat retires. Being elected as a Jurat is, in the Bailiff’s words, “the greatest honour Guernsey can bestow on a member of the community”.

Our description of the role of a Jurat is one of our most popular sections of the Women in Public Life website – Guernsey folk are keen to understand our Bailiwick’s unusual and historic jury system.

So we’ve created this Information Hub to help make the election of a Jurat more accessible to the public. On this page you can read about the candidates, work out how to listen to the election when it is rescheduled and understand how the process of choosing a new Jurat works.
 

Candidates

 

Click on each candidate’s name below to view a short biography and their full CV.

Candidates are listed in the order that their nominations were lodged with the Bailiff. This is the order in which speeches will be made on the day of the election.

 

Listening to the election

 

The gallery at the Royal Court is closed to members of the public when a Jurat election is taking place. The seats are needed for the additional people who make up the States of Election.

However, you can listen in the same way that you would follow a States meeting:

If you can’t listen live, you can use the States Meetings link to hear a recording later.
 

The election process

 

The electors

The States of Deliberation is the body that meets regularly to decide how the Island is run. The States of Election is a larger group than the States of Deliberation and is made up of 38 Deputies, 34 Douzeniers, the 16 Jurats, the 10 Rectors, HM Comptroller, HM Procureur and the Bailiff.

Members of the States of Election are provided with the nomination forms and CVs of each candidate in advance.

The States of Election meets in the Royal Court at 9.30am on a Wednesday morning, ahead of a States of Deliberation meeting.

The speeches

After a roll call to verify who is present, both the proposer and seconder of each candidate make a short speech explaining why the person that they are supporting is suitable for the role of Jurat.

The candidates do not speak. In fact, they are not present for the election.

The voting

After the speeches, each elector fills in a voting slip and places it in a ballot box. It is a secret ballot, no-one knows who has voted for whom. Each elector has one vote.

There is a pause while the votes are counted. Then the Bailiff reads out the result.

If one candidate has received more than 50% of the votes, that person is duly elected.

If no candidate has received more than 50% of the votes then the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and the voting process is repeated.

HM Sheriff at the door of Jurat Felicity Quevatre-Malcic
Her Majesty’s Sheriff is Ms Jayne Limond.
The decision

Once a candidate has passed the 50% threshold the Bailiff declares that candidate to be duly elected. He instructs HM Sheriff to find the person in question to inform them of their election and request their presence in Court at a later date to be sworn in.

HM Sheriff must relay the Bailiff’s message in person. She has a list of the likely locations of each candidate.

The swearing in

The new Jurat is sworn in at a meeting of the Royal Court. The public gallery is open so if you would like to watch, contact the Bailiff’s Chambers to find out the date. The swearing in of a Jurat is a process steeped in history and tradition – you can read a full description here.

 

Future elections

 

Only one Jurat can be elected at once. There is a further Jurat election scheduled for Wednesday 26th May 2021. Candidates who are not successful in their first election are permitted to stand again if they wish.

 

 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

Are you from South Africa? Please email hello@womeninpubliclife.gg 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. 

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Angela Merkel - Germany

Nominated by: Anni Bisson

AWAITING COPY (born 26 July 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 while in office when her daughter was born in June 2018.

Germany is ranked 49th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 31.5% (source: data.ipu.org) 

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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: data.ipu.org) 

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

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