Dean of Jersey is the leader of the Church of England in Jersey.
He is ex
officio a member of the States of Jersey, although since the constitutional reforms of 1948
the Dean may not take part in parliamentary votes.
acts as the chaplain of the States Assembly and may speak in
debates on any matter.
The Dean is appointed by the Crown
means of letters patent and sworn in to that office by the Royal
Court. The Dean also serves as rector of one of the Parishes of Jersey
and is instituted and
inducted in that office by the Bishop of Winchester
. Since 1784 it has been
customary (but not obligatory) for the Dean to also be the rector
of the Parish Church
of St Helier, but this has not always been the case.
example, William Corbet Le Breton, father of Lillie Langtry, was rector of Saint
Saviour at the time he became Dean, though transferred to
St Helier in 1875.
Since 1661, the Dean of Jersey has a seal of pointed ellipse type.
The arms of the deanery impale those of each individual (or
alternatively a monogram).
The Dean of Jersey presides over the ecclesiastical court.
List of Deans
||Dean of Jersey
||Philip Le Couteur
||Clement Le Couteur
||Thomas Le Breton
||Francis Le Breton
||William Corbet Le Breton
||George Orange Balleine
||Matthew Le Marinel
||Alan Stanley Giles
||Robert Frederick Key
- Customs, Ceremonies & Traditions of the Channel
Islands, Lemprière, 1976, ISBN 0709158424