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Jurat Election Information Hub


Listening to the election
The election process
Future elections




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

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 at each election, we create an Information Hub to help make the election of a Jurat more accessible to the public.




A Jurat election took place on 5 July 2023. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Jurat Terry Ferbrache (election notice).

  • Richard James 57 votes (elected)
  • Michael Morris 34 votes


Links to biographies and CVs have now been removed, in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


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, whenever the States of Election meets 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 Presiding Officer (usually 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.

The decision

Once a candidate has passed the 50% threshold the Presiding Officer declares that candidate to be duly elected. He or she 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. He will have prepared 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. If you would like to watch, contact the Bailiff’s Chambers on 226161 to find out the date and whether there will be space (family members naturally take priority). 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. Candidates who are not successful in their first election are permitted to stand again if they wish.



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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