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Attending a Parish Hall
People who have committed offences are
sometimes asked to attend a 'Parish Hall Enquiry', at which time a
Centenier will enquire into the alleged facts and determine, in
law, what will happen to the alleged offender.
PLEASE NOTE: ST HELIER'S PARISH HALL
ENQUIRIES TAKE PLACE AT THE OLD FIRE STATION IN NELSON STREET CAR
PARK (BEHIND THE OLD ODEON CINEMA IN BATH STREET), NOT AT THE
Q When will the Parish Hall Enquiry ('PHE') take
A The Police Officer who reports you for an alleged
offence will supply details of the time and date of the intended
Q Do I need to attend?
A While there is no legal requirement to attend a PHE,
failure to do so may result in the issuing of a summons for your
appearance at the Magistrate's Court.
Q Will attending a PHE be the end of the matter?
A Centeniers have wide-ranging powers to deal with
matters, and attending a PHE can often preclude the necessity of a
Court appearance. However, this is not always the case.
Q Will I be able to take a friend with me for support?
A If you are over the age of 18 years you may take someone
with you but that person is not allowed to speak or to interfere
with the process in any way. If you are under the age of 18 years
then you must be accompanied by an adult.
Q Who else will be there?
A In addition to the Centenier there will always be one
other Honorary Police Officer present at a PHE. If you are under
the age of 18 years then in addition to the adult accompanying you
there will be a member of the Probation and Aftercare Service in
attendance to offer guidance.
Q What happens at a PHE?
A Having enquired into the alleged matter, the Centenier
will make a decision on whether the available evidence supports the
alleged offence. If you accept the decision of the Centenier, then
dependent upon the circumstances, a range of sanctions are
available to the Centenier which include a deferred decision to
ensure a period of good behaviour, a written caution, or a fine. If
you do not accept the decision of the Centenier, you will normally
be charged for a Court appearance for your case to be heard by the
Q Is there a queuing system?
A Yes, several people will have been warned for the same
time to cater for 'no shows' and other issues. All who attend will
be seen strictly in order of attendance.
Q What do I do if I find that I cannot attend?
A Please call the Charges Office on 811891 or 811892, or
email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon
as possible and we will provide you with an alternative date.
However, a PHE can only usually be postponed once.
Q Do I need to take anything with me?
A If you have been reported for an offence involving a
motor vehicle then it is always advisable to have your driving
documents with you for examination.
Q If I am fined how can I pay?
A A fine can be paid in cash or by cheque payable to 'The
Parish of St Helier'. If you do not have any money on you
time may be granted to pay the fine.
Q Will I have a criminal record?
A All sanctions are notified to the States of Jersey
Police who are responsible for maintaining local criminal records.
Any sanction administered in connection with a moving traffic
violation should, for the avoidance of any doubt, be referred to
your motor insurance company as non-disclosure may invalidate your
insurance. PHE sanctions will appear when a Criminal Record Check
is carried out, e.g. for the purposes of obtaining a Firearms