Role of Constable
The Constables are Executive Officers of the Parish. The Senior Constable calls a meeting
of the Douzaine (called a ‘Douzaine Meeting’) on average once a month, on the Monday
before the last Wednesday of the month, except for December, when it is earlier, and
August where no meeting is currently held. The purpose of the meeting is to seek advice
from and decisions on the day-to-day administration/management of the Parish from the
Douzaine. In order for any binding decisions to be made at a Douzaine Meeting a minimum
of 7 Douzeniers must be present.
At each January meeting the Reglements are agreed. These are a set of rules by which the
Constables and Douzaine agree to be bound by as a ‘self-regulation’.
Eligibility – a person must be of full age and not be subject to any legal disability. They must
also have been ordinarily resident in Guernsey either for two years immediately prior to
the date or for a period or periods of at least five years in the aggregate at any time before
the date of nomination. Constables need not be on the electoral roll.
Constables hold office for so long only as they continue to reside in the
Term of Office – is 1 to 3 years. A Constable may give the Dean notice before the end of
October in his first or second year that he wishes his term to end at the end of that year. If
both Constables do so, only the Senior Constable’s is effective.
Constables are eligible for re-election after each term of their three years.
Right to resign – a Constable may resign by writing to the Dean of the Douzaine. The
resignation is effective 7 days after the receipt of the letter.
All the Island Constables meet quarterly, informally, to share matters and experiences in
their Parishes with a view to working closer and more effectively.
Role of Douzenier
All parishes have 12 Douzeniers except St. Peter Port which has 20 and the Vale which has
Dean of the Douzaine: The Dean (Doyen) is usually the longest serving Douzenier but does
not have to be. The Dean is elected by the Douzaine.
Parishes elect both the Dean and vice-Dean in December for the following year and he/she
can only be elected for a maximum of 3 consecutive years in each post.
Eligibility – for a Douzenier is the same as for Constable. He also shall hold office for so long
only as he continues to reside in the parish. Also, a Jurat of the Royal Court is not eligible
for the office of a Douzenier.
Term of Office – All Douzeniers hold office for 4 years, with staggered terms so three are
elected each year
Each Parish has a Douzaine that has a slightly different structure although the responsibilities are fundamentally the same.