Isle of Man Government: High Bailiff

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    Isle of Man

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  • Published:

    580 days ago

  • Expiry date:

    12 October 2022

Appointment of High Bailiff

Applications are invited from interested candidates for the position of High Bailiff. This is an appointment made by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor pursuant to section 1 of the Summary Jurisdiction Act 1989.

The Isle of Man prides itself on its values of democracy, good government and the importance of the rule of law. The judiciary is a key component of delivering these values and to the Island’s international reputation. T

he High Bailiff acts as the senior judge of the Courts of Summary Jurisdiction and the successful candidate will also ex officio be a judicial officer of the Isle of Man Court of Justice and, as directed by the First Deemster, will be responsible for the management of cases so assigned, presiding over such court proceedings and giving judgment.

The High Bailiff acts as the Isle of Man’s senior Coroner of Inquests and exercises the functions which attach to that office. Additionally the High Bailiff is required to act as chair of various tribunals and hear various statutory appeals.

The High Bailiff holds office at the pleasure of His Excellency. The appointment will be on the advice of a Selection Panel. Candidates for this position must meet the following criteria:-

  • A qualified advocate, barrister or solicitor of at least 10 years standing.
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Manx Law or an ability and commitment to gain such knowledge.
  • An understanding of the rules of the Summary Courts and High Court of the Isle of Man and of court practice and procedure or an ability and commitment to gain such knowledge.
  • A high level of professional attainment in the areas of law in which they have been engaged.
  • Relevant judicial experience either in the Isle of Man or elsewhere within the British Isles for a minimum of 3 years prior to taking up office.

The information pack and application form is available at www.gov.im/crownappointments.

Further information about the post can be obtained from the High Bailiff, Her Worship Mrs Jayne Hughes, Isle of Man Courts of Justice, Deemsters Walk, Douglas, IM1 3AR through her clerk Ms Liz Humphries.

Telephone No: 01624 685474.

Email: liz.humphries@courts.im.

Applications should be marked ‘In Confidence’ and sent by email to crown.appointments@gov.im.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 11th November 2022.

The closing date for applications is 12 th October 2022 at 5:00pm.

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