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Parish Hall Enquiries


 

The Parish Hall Enquiry allows a Centenier to investigate a reported incident to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a charge and, if so, whether the public interest requires a prosecution or whether the matter can be dealt with in some other way at the Enquiry.

The Attorney General has issued a code of directions on the conduct of Parish Hall enquiries.

The Centenier is empowered, by law, to:-

1) Take no further action where a case is unsubstantiated

2) Dismiss or issue advice where the offence is minor

3) Issue a formal caution where a minor offence is admitted

4) Impose a fine of up to £200 in specified cases where the offence is admitted

5) Charge a person with an offence for trial at the Magistrate's Court where

    a. the offence is not admitted but the Centenier believes that there is a case to answer, or

    b. the offence is admitted but the nature of the offence or the offender's record makes it  
        unsuitable for disposal at the Parish Hall Enquiry.

 

Q. Do I have to attend an enquiry?
A. If you have only been requested to attend then you do not have to attend but the Centenier may decide to summons you to attend Court. If you have been bailed to attend a Parish Hall Enquiry then you must attend.

Q. May I bring a friend or lawyer with me?
A. The Centenier may admit anyone to an enquiry and will not normally exclude anyone with a bona fide interest.

Q. Must I accept the Centenier's decision?
A. The Centenier may only issue a caution or fine if you admit the offence and accept the proposed penalty. You may, at any time, choose to go before the Magistrate's Court.

Q. Is there a complaints procedure?
A. If you have a complaint, you should refer your complaint to the Attorney General.

 
The Probation and After-Care Service has information relating to the Parish Hall Enquiry.

Parish Hall telephone numbers

Grouville T: +44 (0) 1534 852225 St Martin T: +44 (0) 1534 853951
St Brelade T: +44 (0) 1534 741701 St Mary T: +44 (0) 1534 482700
St Clement T: +44 (0) 1534 854724 St Ouen T: +44 (0) 1534 481619
St Helier T: +44 (0) 1534 811811 St Peter T: +44 (0) 1534 481236
St John T: +44 (0) 1534 861999 St Saviour T: +44 (0) 1534 735864
St Lawrence T: +44 (0) 1534 861672 Trinity T: +44 (0) 1534 865345

 

Duty Centeniers may be contacted through Police Headquarters on T: +44 (0) 1534 612612.