Michael Birt (lawyer)
|Michael Birt pictured at a ceremonial function in 2011|
|Bailiff of Jersey|
|Preceded by||Philip Bailhache|
|Born||August 25, 1948|
He went on to read law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was called to the English Bar in 1970 and practised as a barrister at 2 Crown Office Row for five years. He then returned to Jersey and qualified at the Jersey Bar in 1977. He was sworn in as an advocate of the Royal Court on 3 October 1977. From 1976 to 1993 he was in private practice with the Jersey law firm Ogier & Le Cornu.
In January 1994 he was appointed as HM Attorney General for Jersey. In February 2000, he became Deputy Bailiff.
In July 2009, he was appointed Bailiff, in succession to Sir Philip Bailhache. A group of protestors demonstrated outside Birt's swearing-in ceremony in the Royal Court of Jersey, angry about decisions not to bring more prosecutions following investigations into child abuse in Jersey. As Bailiff of Jersey, Birt is an ex officio member of the Guernsey Court of Appeal.
- Who's Who (London: A & C Black, 2008).
- "New advocate will maintain tradition". Jersey Weekly Post. 14 October 1977.
- BBC News, 'Michael Birt to become bailiff' http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/7939816.stm; B Queree, 'New Bailiff to take up reins in June', Jersey Evening Post http://www.thisisjersey.com/2009/03/12/new-bailiff-to-take-up-reins-in-june; channel online, 'Michael Birt is sworn as Bailiff' http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline_jerseynews/DisplayArticle.asp?ID=432017
- channelonline, 'Protestors heckle Bailiff' http://www.channelonline.tv/channelonline_jerseynews/displayarticle.asp?id=431975
- The London Gazette: . 16 June 2012.
- "Crowning their careers". Retrieved 16 June 2012.
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