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Jurat of the Royal Court  trusted by your community to decide serious court cases

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In brief…

Guernsey doesn’t have a jury system. Instead, the island has a permanent panel of Jurats who can be called upon to decide on the facts in a case that goes to the Royal Court.

There are sixteen Jurats altogether. A minimum of seven, but usually nine, Jurats are needed for all Royal Court criminal cases.

Being elected as a Jurat is a significant honour. The decision about who should be made a Jurat is taken by the States of Election. There are two elections a year, on average.

People with the right skills and standing in the community may be approached by any member of the States of Election and encouraged to stand.

Candidates can also put themselves forward by asking a Deputy to nominate them or by contacting the Senior Jurats or the Bailiff’s Office for further information.

The main skills required to be a Jurat are an interest in serving the community, the ability to evaluate evidence impartially, the ability to be decisive and very good listening skills.

New Jurats serve until they are 72. On average, each Jurat is needed on 85 days each year. A ‘day’ could involve a morning and afternoon session.

There’s much more…

To read about Jurats of the Royal Court in detail, click the ‘download info as pdf’ button below.  Or change over to a laptop or tablet.


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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