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The Guernsey Court of Appeal

The Guernsey Court of Appeal was constituted by the Court of Appeal (Guernsey) Law 1961.  The law was brought into force on 4 June 1964.

The Bailiff of Guernsey is ex-officio The President of The Guernsey Court of Appeal.

The other judges of the Guernsey Court of Appeal are appointed by warrant of the Sovereign.  There is also a Jersey Court of Appeal.

Typically a judge of the Guernsey Court of Appeal will at the time of appointment also be appointed an ordinary Justice of the Jersey Court of Appeal.  Additionally, by custom and at the initiative of the Bailiff of Guernsey, his brother Bailiff in Jersey is appointed by the Sovereign to be a Justice of the Guernsey Court of Appeal. The same is the case in respect of the Guernsey Bailiff being appointed to serve as an ordinary Justice of the Jersey Court of Appeal.  Bailiffs are appointed to these positions only for so long as they hold office as Bailiff, whilst all other Justices of the Court of Appeal are appointed to serve until age 70.

Four weeks each year, one per quarter, are scheduled for sessions of the Guernsey Court of Appeal, although the Court will sit additionally when the need arises.

The Guernsey Court of Appeal is not senior in hierarchy to the Royal Court and does not have statutory power to receive appeals on all matters dealt with by the Royal Court or the Magistrates Court, although there are few civil or criminal areas of law from which there is not a right of appeal.

The Guernsey Court of Appeal sits in both Civil and Criminal divisions. Appeal lies from the Guernsey Court of Appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in civil cases where the value of the matter in dispute is £500 or more but special leave may be given by the Judicial Committee or by the Guernsey Court of Appeal in cases of less than this. Appeal lies in criminal matters only with special leave of The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.