The Criminal Court sits on the first Thursday of every month at 10.00 am (excluding August) although additional Criminal Court sessions may be scheduled. A Legal Aid duty Advocate is usually available to provide advice to anyone who is charged with an offence and summonsed to appear at the Criminal Court.
If you are due to appear in Court on a criminal matter please contact the duty Advocate directly to make an appointment. Duty Advocates 2023 [96kb]
In relation to criminal matters, the Court of Alderney can sentence offenders to a maximum of 12 months imprisonment and/or impose a £10,000 fine. The Court may alternatively impose a Community Service Order. Where the Court decides that a case exists with a potentially greater sentence, the matter will be referred to the Royal Court in Guernsey.
Where the person charged with an offence is under the age of 18 years, the matter is generally heard by the Youth Tribunal in Guernsey.
For information about the Youth Tribunal please refer to their website.
Criminal Court Appeals
An appeal against a decision made by the Court of Alderney is subject to the Magistrates Court (Criminal Appeals) (Guernsey) Law, 1988. The Law can be viewed at the Guernsey Legal Resources website.
To lodge an appeal you should use the standard form [277kb]
The appeal will be heard by the Royal Court in Guernsey. The time limit to appeal is 14 days from the date of the Court hearing.