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New Jurat
Parishioner becomes Jersey’s newest Jurat
by Jeff Hathaway

ST. BRELADE resident and former Youth Panel member, now the Islands newest Jurat, Collette Crill (59) was sworn in by the Royal Court earlier this summer.

In her speech to a packed courtroom Jurat Crill said she was privileged to be one of only eight women ever to hold the office and only one of three on the current bench and commented that 'Jersey judges should better reflect the the community they serve in terms of gender balance, background and experience.'

Thanking her family, husband Geoffrey and children Olivia, Joe and Tom for their support, she also thanked her former colleagues on the Youth Panel and new colleagues on the bench who she said had been extremely supportive.

Jurats are drawn from members of the community and elected to serve in the Royal Court by an electoral college made up of judges, lawyers and States Members. The position is unpaid.

Part of a jurat's role is to decide on guilt or innocence, and appropriate sentences in criminal cases brought under statute law referred to the Royal Court or decide on the facts of civil cases brought before the Court. In addition to Court duties they also sit on other assemblies, disciplinary appeals panels for States Police, and as returning officers in Jersey's Public Elections.

Jurat Crill is also President of the Jersey Branch of Amnesty International which campaigns for the protection of human rights and justice around the world. The recent Regstock 4 held at Reg’s Garden, is an annual fundraising event for the local branch of the organisation.
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