Geoffrey Rowland

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Sir Geoffrey Rowland (right)

Sir Geoffrey Robert Rowland, QC, was the Bailiff of Guernsey from 2005 to 2012.[1]


Rowland was called to the English Bar at Gray's Inn in 1970 and admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court, Guernsey, in 1971. He was in practice as an Advocate of the Royal Court in the firm of Collas, Day & Rowland 1971 - 1992. He was Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission 1997 - 2002. He was then recommended for Crown Office and left private practice when Senior Partner.

He successively held office as H M Comptroller (Solicitor General) 1992 - 1999, and H M Procureur (Attorney General) 1999 - 2002. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993. He also held office as H M Receiver General 1999 - 2002.

Elevated to the Judiciary, he held the office of Deputy Bailiff 2002 - 2005 and was installed as the 88th Bailiff of Guernsey[2] in June 2005. The Bailiff of Guernsey is ex-officio President of the Guernsey Court of Appeal. Geoffrey has also been a Judge of the Jersey Court of Appeal since 2005.

He became a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies 2001 and Honorary Master of the Bench of Gray's Inn 2008. Honorary Doctorates of Laws were conferred by the University of Bournemouth (2006) and the University of Southampton (2009).

He held office as Provincial Grand Master, United Grand Lodge of Freemasons of England, 2000 - 2007. He is married to Diana, and they have two sons, Peter and John.

He received the honour of knighthood (Knight Bachelor) in the 2009 Birthday Honours.[3]

Sir Geoffrey retired as Bailiff on 22 March 2012.[4]


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  2. ^ The Bailiff of Guernsey is the senior judge in the Bailiwick of Guernsey and also the Presiding Officer of the States of Deliberation, the Island's parliament, where the Bailiff moderates debate and applies the Rules of Procedure. The Bailiff does not hold office in any department board or committee of the States of Guernsey. Guernsey does not have party politics. The role of the Bailiff of Guernsey in the Island's parliament is strictly non-political and he has no vote. The Bailiff of Guernsey is Guernsey's first citizen.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59090. p. 1. 13 June 2009.
  4. ^ "Guernsey's Bailiff announces 2012 retirement". BBC News Guernsey. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-24.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir de Vic Carey
Bailiff of Guernsey
2005 – 2012
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Collas