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In some legal systems, the bâtonnier is the head of the legal profession (the bar).


In Jersey, the Bâtonnier is head of the profession of advocate.[1] The role includes administering the legal aid system for the island (the day-to-day administration is carried out by an Acting Bâtonnier, while the Bâtonnier decides appeals against the decision of the Acting Bâtonnier).[2][3] The Bâtonnier formerly had a role in dealing with disciplinary matters involving advocates,[4] but that role was removed in 2005.[5]


In France, the role is primus inter pares (first among equals).


  1. ^ "Advocate Susan Pearmain appointed as Bâtonnier in Jersey". Appleby Global. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Legal Aid in Jersey". Acting Bâtonnier. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Legal aid". Citizens Advice Bureau. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ See, for example: The Representation of the Bâtonnier In The Matter Of a Complaint against an Advocate of the Royal Court, 2003 JRC 77 (Royal Court of Jersey 12 May 2003).
  5. ^ See article 18(6) of "The Law Society of Jersey Law 2005". jerseylaw.je. As at 1 January 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)