Guernsey's Royal Court has issued new information about how its services will operate going forward.
Its remit covers marriages, birth registrations, deaths and various other important procedures.
This updates comes as the court says it wants to improve social distancing, while maintaining the critical services it provides.
Here is a list of the changes:
- Petty Debts
Petty Debt hearings will now be suspended, initially until the end of May 2020.
Half of its staff are now working from home.
Basic provision of weddings at the Royal Court will be maintained, but normal services cannot be provided. Wedding services will still be offered in the marriage room in the Royal Court building, however only four witnesses will be permitted.
- Registration of Births
Births must be registered within 30 days of the birth. Traditionally new parents have attended the Greffe public counter often with their baby to register the birth, however a new procedure has been introduced whereby the court will accept the completed registration form scanned or a good photograph of it via email.
- Registration of Deaths
This is a function which will be carried out by the Funeral Directors on your behalf. A digital process is being developed to remove the requirement for families to attend in person.
- Conveyances of Property
A Contract Court will continue each Tuesday and Thursday morning to allow the work of Conveyancing and Bonds. The court asks that all transactions use a Power of Attorney to remove the requirement for people to come to Court in person.
The court says it will maintain provision of Court hearings, however these may be a different looking service to normal. It is looking to use video conferencing where possible and other technology to maintain service whilst minimising person-to-person contact.
- Public Counter
The public counter at the Court is still open, however people are urged to contact by phone or email.
The public is being asked not to attend the Strongroom until further notice.
- Alderney & Sark
If you need to contact them, you are asked to do this by phone or email in the first instance.
More information on all of the above services can be found here.