|Scope and Content||The Viscount’s Department is responsible for ensuring the decisions of Jersey’s Courts and States Assembly are carried out. Principally this means executing orders, such as serving summonses and other legal documents on members of the public and making wage arrests, as well as other general court enforcement duties. In addition, the Department carries out the duties of Coroner, and administers Désastre (bankruptcy).|
|Keywords||courts | viscounts | juries | coroners | inquests | bankruptcy | désastre | states departments online|
|Category||D-States Departments and Administrations|
|Level of description||Fonds|
D/AV/A Enforcement Functions. The Viscount's Department is required to execute, enforce and carry out orders of the Courts (and duties imposed by Law) as effectively, efficiently and speedily as possible, this includes the collection of fines, receipts of bail moneys and enforcement of maintenance orders.
D/AV/B Assize Jury functions. The Viscount's Department is required to, prepare the Tableau Général (jury list), and maintain and operate the computerised jury selection system, grant exemptions from jury service, grant financial assistance to jury members suffering financial hardship as a result of assize jury service and act as jury surveillant (custodian)
D/AV/E Additional Functions of the Viscount's Department. The department is required to; Act as Autorisé (Returning Officer) at public elections, Administer oaths, Administer the Collective Investment Funds Compensation Scheme, Administer the estates of deceased persons, Conduct Vues de Vicomte, Convene sittings of the Royal Court and other bodies, Grant exemptions from payment of judicial fees, Act as curator for impecunious interdicts, Act as Tuteur of last resort, Act as trustee for criminal injuries compensation awards to minors, Deal with net proceeds of sale of properties sold by the Housing Committee after defaults on States loans and Take evidence in chambers for Jersey and foreign courts and authorities. Each function for which records have been transferred to the Archive has been given its own series.