Review of the Ecclesiastical Cout

There is a review being undertaken by the Policy and Resources Committee as to the suitability of the Ecclesiastical court in determining probate. Specifically the mandate for the review is;

To consider whether it remains appropriate for the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Court to include matters of probate. In pursuing this, the review will examine:

• The extent to which this practice affects the perception of Guernsey in the wider world and, in particular, whether it discourages investment in the Island;
• How this matter is dealt with elsewhere;
• The potential options for Guernsey;
• The merits and demerits of those options.

Members are encouraged to participate directly in this review by submitting comments, including examples of instances where the practice of using the Ecclesiastical Court has helped or hindered business, directly to Chris Sheppard.