Swearing-in of officials

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The Royal Court in procession to the Town Church after the swearing-in of Sir Robert Le Masurier as Bailiff in 1962

In Jersey virtually everyone elected or appointed to a public position takes an oath of office before the Royal Court. This applies to positions as important as Bailiff and Lieut-Governor to the lowly ranks of parochial officials, and even new Police Officers.

For officials appointed by the Sovereign - Lieut-Governor, Bailiff, Deputy Bailiff, Attorney-General and Solicitor-General, as well as the Viscount, Magistrate and new Advocates, there is a ceremonial swearing-in.

A new Lieut-Governor will wear full military dress uniform and he produces his Royal warrant of appointment, which is read by the Attorney-General, and then passed to the Bailiff, for him to show the Jurats before the oath of office is administered. The length of the oath is in proportion to the importance of the position and its administration is followed by much shaking of hands.

After a new Jurat has been sworn in, he or she shakes hands with the Bailiff and the other members of the bench in order of seniority, before standing in his or her allocated position on the bench so that the Attorney-General, Solicitor-General and Advocates in order of seniority can file past and shake hands.

Most ceremonial swearings-in are followed by a reception which today is more modest than the full meal that used to be offered to the Court. In September 1673 the Court was advised that those sworn-in recently had not offered the customary feast, and they were ordered to do so before Christmas.

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