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.
What happens at a PHE?
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.
Will I have a criminal record?
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.