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Thursday 19 October 2017

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Thursday 19 October 2017

In response to the introduction of the Population Management Law earlier this year, the Committee for Economic Development has been approached by a number of representatives acting on behalf of the hospitality sector expressing their concerns with certain aspects of the recently enacted Law.

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The Law Officers: where Government and the law meet

We provide a range of legal services covering issues that would be dealt with by both central and local government in larger jurisdictions, primarily for:

Professional responsibilities

The Law Officers of the Crown and their staff are committed to acting professionally, ethically, fairly and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships. We are bound by our professional codes of conduct, the Prosecutors' Code of Guidance and the States Model Litigant Policy.

Mission statement

We respond to the needs of the Crown, the States of Guernsey and all others we serve by delivering independent, high quality and pragmatic legal advice, comprehensive legislative drafting, prosecution, litigation and commercial law services and robust representation with efficiency, integrity and professionalism, with the objective of protecting and enhancing the interests of the Bailiwick and its people.  For the characteristics that underpin our mission statement, please refer to the Characteristics - Mission Statement document.

The legal services we provide

Law Officer Functions

Perform the professional and constitutional duties of the Law Officers of the Crown, including -

Criminal Prosecution

Deliver an independent prosecution service on behalf of the Law Officers by the timely and thorough review of cases in accordance with the Prosecutors' Code of Guidance and presenting those cases that are taken to court in a fair, robust and professional manner, including -

Civil Litigation

Provide advice and representation on behalf of the Law Officers in contentious civil, childcare, public and administrative law matters and proceedings brought by or against the States of Guernsey, the States of Alderney and the Chief Pleas of Sark and other public service clients including -

Legislative Drafting and Advisory

Draft legislation* (primary, secondary and some tertiary) on behalf of the Law Officers for the Bailiwick and its Islands, including -

Civil Advisory and Legislation

Provide legal advice on behalf of the Law Officers concerning domestic, constitutional, international, public and employment law issues facing the States of Guernsey, the States of Alderney and the Chief Pleas of Sark and other public service clients,  including -

Commercial Law

Deliver specialised projects, contract drafting, conveyancing services, property and general commercial law support on behalf of the Law Officers to the States of Guernsey, the States of Alderney and the Chief Pleas of Sark and other public service clients, including -

Mutual Legal Assistance / International Cooperation and Asset Recovery

Acting as the Central Authority for the Bailiwick by processing all external mutual legal assistance requests made by foreign jurisdictions in respect of their criminal investigations and prosecutions, and also in respect of the civil forfeiture of money, by obtaining evidence, restraining assets and enforcing overseas confiscation orders as well as representing Guernsey on a number of relevant international bodies.

Administration

Provide services and support in terms of administration, finance (including independent HMRG accounts), facilities management, information technology, human resources and records management to St James Chambers in order to enable the Law Officers and their staff to perform their duties and meet their respective objectives.

 

* In the Bailiwick of Jersey the functions in question are performed by the holders of separately remunerated offices.

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