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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Sir Michael Birt to the Inquiry providing evidence relating to his time in office as HM Attorney General for Jersey. [Some details redacted].

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Reference ZC/D/AW4/B2/21/WS000680
Date November 30th 2015
Scope and Content Provides background information including an overview of his education and career as a solicitor in the United Kingdom between 1970 and 1975 before returning to Jersey in 1976 to join Ogier and Le Cornu. Refers to qualifying as a Jersey advocate in 1977, referring to role as advocate with Ogier and Le Cornu until 1994. Also refers to various appointments including as a Crown Advocate in 1987, Attorney General from January 1994 until February 2000, Deputy Bailiff from 2000 to 2009 and Bailiff from 2009 until January 2015. Refers to current role as Commissioner of the Royal Court of Jersey and seat as a judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. Includes comments about the Law Officers' Department and the judiciary in Jersey, referring to the roles of the Attorney General, Solicitor General, Deputy Bailiff and Bailiff. Includes comments about the decision to discontinue the prosecution of Alan and Jane Maguire in November 1998, including a description of the sequence of events leading up to the decision. Includes comments about the prosecution decision, referring to the advice of Ian Christmas and the advice of Advocate [Alan] Binnington, a conference to discuss the matter and details about the ultimate decision not to prosecute. Also refers to the involvement of Senator Stuart Syvret in respect of questioning of failure to prosecute the Maguires case and comments about the police investigation into a complaint of criminal conduct filed against him by Stuart Syvret. Comments on the constituional arrangement of the States of Jersey in respect of whether there was a conflict of interest when his decision as Attorney General in the Maguires case was re-examined when he was Deputy Bailiff. Also includes comments about the issue of accountability in respect of complaints about a decision by the Law Officers' Department. Comments on his involvement in the case of Roger Holland, referring to a Committee of Inquiry established in 2002 to investigate the circumstances in which Roger Holland was elected. Outlines his thoughts on the Roger Holland case. Also includes comments about the issue of the rule requiring corroboration and remarks about his experience of dealing with young offenders.
Names Bailhache, Sir Philip
Bailhache, William
Baudains, Marnie
Binnington, Alan, Advocate
Birt, Sir Michael
Christmas, Ian
Clothier, Sir Cecil
Davies, Centenier
de la Haye, Michael
Faudemer, Barry
Hamon, Francis
Holland, Roger
Jervis-Dykes, Andrew
Le Breton, Robert
Le Cocq, Timothy
Maguire, Alan
Maguire, Jane
McKerrell, Kevin
McRae, Robert
Nicolle, Stéphanie
Power, Graham
Sharp, Howard
Shearer, Michael, Detective Sergeant
Southern, Dylan
Syvret, Stuart, Senator
Tomes, Vernon
Trott, David
Troy, Nicholas, Detective Constable
Attorney General
Bar of England and Wales
Blanche Pierre Family Group Home
Child Protection Team
Child Protection Unit
Children's Service
Court of Appeal
Education Sport and Culture
Greenfields Centre
Home Office
Honorary Police
Jersey Evening Post
Jersey Sea Cadets
Les Chênes Residential School
Law Officers' Department
Magdalene College, Cambridge
Magistrate's Court
Marlborough College, Cambridge
Ministry of Justice
Ogier and Le Cornu
Pomme D'Or Hotel
Royal Court
States of Jersey Police
Victoria College
Wiltshire Police
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Digital copy of the Witness Statement of Sir Michael Birt to the Inquiry providing evidence relating to his time in office as HM Attorney General for Jersey. [Some details redacted].


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