The role of Sark's Seneschal has been split.

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The role of Sark's Seneschal has been split.

Post by Dell on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 7:51 pm

Sark's Seneschal role split

The role of Sark's Seneschal has been split.

Politicians met on Wednesday night to officially separate the Seneschal's dual role as Chairman of the island's government Chief Pleas, and the judge of Sark's court.

It makes the current Seneschal Colonel Reg Guille the last to serve the post in its historic role, which has remained largely unchanged for more than 400 years.

From now on though, he will serve only as a judge and a new President of Chief Pleas will have to be appointed.

From Channel TV.


How is this going to affect the old Feudal style that is Sark? Is this change really necessary? What do you think?





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Post by Dell on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 10:11 pm

Just three vote against as Chief Pleas decides to split Seneschalís dual role here



By Phil Falle


Sark Seneschal Reg Guille.


SARK has taken the first legislative step towards splitting the dual role of the Seneschal.

In a matter of just minutes last night Chief Pleas overwhelmingly approved changes to the Reform Law, which provide for the Seneschalís function to be restricted to presiding over the islandís court and a separate president of the legislative assembly to be elected.

Only two members spoke against the proposal with both Conseillers Diane Baker and Sandra Williams repeating the opposition they first expressed when the matter was discussed in principle early last month.


Read the full story in the Guernsey Press.





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Post by Dell on Thu 11 Nov 2010, 10:14 pm

Sark history 'consigned to bin', says conseiller


Seneschal Lt Col Reg Guille no longer has a legislative role in Chief Pleas

Another piece of Sark history and tradition has been "consigned to the dustbin of European political correctness", says one politician.
On Wednesday Chief Pleas agreed to the final legislative changes to split the ancient role of seneschal.

Conseiller Paul Armorgie said there was a lot of opposition to the move, which had been forced upon the island.

He said: "For Sark it represents another major change in the way that the island is administered."

Sark's 450-year-old feudal system of government was dramatically changed in 2008, when 28 conseillers were elected democratically for the first time.

The seneschal is one of two non-voting hereditary roles in Sark's government - the other is the seigneur (lord) - that remained following the changes.

In October the island's government agreed to separate the two roles of the seneschal, who was both president of Chief Pleas and judge in the Sark court.

Conseiller Armorgie said: "The dual role has served Sark well for more than 400 years.

"There has been little or no appetite to change the seneschal's role by the people of Sark.

"Conseillers have been concerned that the changes have been railroaded on Sark from outside the island, largely against the will of the people of Sark."

He said there had been significant pressure from the UK Ministry of Justice to reform the seneschal's role to make it comply with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Conseiller Armorgie said there was an inevitability and reluctance to the changes.

"The proposition was passed on a show of hands but it was by no means unanimous."

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