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Appointment of Deputy High Bailiff (Isle of Man)

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. 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, family matters and 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.

A 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.

The information pack and application form is available at

Further information about the post can be obtained from the High Bailiff, Her Worship Jayne Hughes through her clerk, Liz Humphries: telephone 01624 685474 or email [email protected]

Applications, including a completed application form (available from the website) should be marked In Confidence and sent by email to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is at 5.00pm on 13th February 2023.

An interview date has provisionally been set for shortlisted applicants on the 6th March 2023, however this is subject to change.​​​​​​​

Interview expenses are not available in relation to this vacancy.