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Parish Hall Enquiries

Attending a Parish Hall Enquiry

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 TOWN HALL.

FAQ's

Q  When will the Parish Hall Enquiry ('PHE') take place?

A  The Police Officer who reports you for an alleged offence will supply details of the time and date of the intended enquiry.

 

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 Magistrate.

 

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 charges2@posh.gov.je 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 Certificate.