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Crown Appointments

Appointment of Deputy High Bailiff 

The Isle of Man prides itself on its values of democracy, good government and the importance of the rule of the law. The judiciary is a key component of delivering these values and to the Island’s international reputation. 

Applications are invited from on and off-Island candidates for the position of Deputy High Bailiff, to complement the existing positions of High Bailiff and Deputy High Bailiff. This is an appointment made by His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor pursuant to section 1 of the Summary Jurisdiction Act 1989. 

The post holder will act as one of the deputies to the High Bailiff and assist the High Bailiff in carrying out the High Bailiff’s functions across the Summary Courts. The post-holder will also be required to assist the Deemsters with the workload of the High Court, including, but not restricted to, Small Claims Arbitration. This is a full time judicial post with an interesting and challenging variety of judicial work within the criminal and civil courts of the Island. 

The Deputy High Bailiff will hold office at the pleasure of His Excellency. This appointment will be on the advice of a Selection Panel. Candidates for this position must meet the following criteria: 

  • A qualified advocate, barrister or solicitor of at least 10 years standing;
  • A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of Manx Law or an ability and commitment to gain such knowledge; and
  • A high level of professional achievement in the areas of law in which they have been engaged. 

View the information pack and application form.

Further information about the post can be obtained from the High Bailiff, Her Worship Jayne Hughes: 

Telephone 01624 685474

Applications should be marked In Confidence and sent by email to

The closing date for applications is at 5.00pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

Interview dates have been set for shortlisted applicants on the afternoon of the 11 or 12 May 2021, however this is subject to change.

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