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States' new bailiff is sworn in

Michael Birt
Michael Birt was appointed deputy bailiff in 2000

The new bailiff of Jersey has been sworn in at the Royal Court.

Michael Birt, the island's current deputy bailiff, took over from Sir Philip Bailhache who has retired after 14 years in the post.

The bailiff of Jersey is appointed by the Queen and the position dates back to 1277.

The bailiff presides over the States and acts as its Speaker. He has no political power, but he does have the right of speech.

Sir Philip's brother, the current Attorney General William Bailhache, will become deputy bailiff in November, leaving the post of Attorney General open.

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