Opening of the Legal Year in Jersey

17 September 2013

In a tradition which dates back to at least 1309, the Royal Court of Jersey yesterday held its annual Assise d'Heritage which marks, with much pomp and ceremony, the opening of the legal year in Jersey.

The Assise d'Heritage includes, as one former Bailiff noted, a judicial tour d'horizon with a response from the Attorney General and the Bâtonnier (who is Advocate David Cadin, a litigation partner in Bedell Cristin Jersey).

This year, certain common themes emerged from the speeches including in particular the reputation of the island as a jurisdiction, the significance of the contribution by the legal profession in terms of the voluntary legal aid scheme and the ever-increasing challenges faced, and to be faced, by the Courts and the profession.

To read the Bâtonnier's speech in full, please see attached document.