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Topic Commissioner: Claire de Than

We are currently working on a project about criminal appeals against conviction in Jersey. The key issues are whether and how the grounds for appealing should be reformed. The project is likely to have three phases. In the current phase 1, we are seeking to discover what people consider to be the problems with the current law by asking a series of ‘scoping’ questions. A scoping consultation paper can be downloaded here. We requested responses by 16 December 2016 (extended deadline). In phase 2 (consultation), we expect to publish a further consultation report, containing provisional findings and recommendations. In phase 3 (Topic Report) we will set out our final recommendations to the Chief Minister.


Topic Commissioner: Tim Hart (previously Jonathan Walker)

We published a consultation paper on prescription and limitation in March 2008 (click here to read it [2008 Prescription and Limitation]); we continue our work on this topic. We published a second consultation paper in 2023 which can be read here.

“Jersey law contains a multitude of prescription periods for different causes of action which must at the very least be confusing for the layman and in particular cases may result in injustice. Even the terminology is unclear: the words “prescription” and “limitation” are used interchangeably by Jersey lawyers, possibly reflecting the mixed origins of our legal system, the former word tending to be used in civil law jurisdictions, the latter in those subject to the common law. Some of the time periods, for example the forty year period for acquisition of title to land, reflect an age where communication was difficult and may no longer be appropriate in an age where communication is virtually instantaneous wherever one is in the world.” (‘Miscellany’, Jersey & Guernsey Law Review, October 2008)


Since 2019, we have been working on a project about champerty in Jersey. We continue our work on this topic.

Topic Commissioner: Emma German (previously Mark Dunlop)


We have been working on presenting improvements to the Parentage laws in Jersey since 2016.

Topic Commissioner: Barbara Corbett


A consideration of how to update Jersey Human Rights Law, alongside the University of Essex.

Topic Commissioner: Andrew Le Sueur


The future of smart contracts in Jersey and how they can be used for Fintech and business purposes. The current scoping paper can be read here.

Topic Commissioner: Emma German


With the Consultation paper published in 2023, the Jersey Law Commission recommends changes to how the parishes of Jersey function with regard to local laws.

Topic Commissioner: Stephen Pallot

We encourage you to become involved in the process of law reform in Jersey by contacting us with suggestions or comments on the Commission’s current work or suggestions for future reform projects. Our postal and email addresses are here.

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