On 29 March 2020 the Government of Jersey issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order. On the same day, The Bailiff issued an updated direction for the Royal Court. The guidance indicated that although cases would continue to be heard and that the media would still be able to attend hearings in criminal cases and, if appropriate, civil cases, the Public Gallery would be closed.
Following the relaxation of certain restrictions on public movement, The Bailiff has directed that the Public Gallery of the Royal Court will re-open on Monday 11 May 2020.
To ensure that social distancing requirements are met, the Gallery will only accommodate 10 people at this time, with priority being given to members of the public closely connected to parties in the court cases being heard. Individuals wishing to reserve a seat in court for a particular case should email firstname.lastname@example.org no less than 24 hours before the hearing in order to ensure that they may enjoy access to the Gallery. All other available seats in the Gallery will be available to other members of the public in the usual way.
The media’s unrestricted access to the Royal Court courtroom will continue.
Advocate Adam Clarke - Judicial Greffier