The Police Court sits on the first Thursday of every month at 10.00 am (excluding August) although additional Police Court sessions may be scheduled. A legal aid duty Advocate is available to provide advice to any defendants. Where the defendant pleads not guilty a future date is usually set for a trial.
In relation to criminal matters, the Court of Alderney can sentence offenders to a maximum of 12 months imprisonment and/or £10,000 fine. The Court may alternatively impose a community service order. Where the Court decides that a prima facie case exists with a potentially greater sentence, the matter will be referred to the Royal Court in Guernsey.
Where the defendant is under the age of 18 years, the matter is heard by the Youth Tribunal in Guernsey, except for traffic offences. The provisions of the Criminal Justice Children and Juveniles Reform Law, 2008 apply.
Police Court Appeals
In certain circumstances the defendant may lodge an appeal against the conviction or the sentence passed by the Court of Alderney, as set out in the Magistrates Court (Criminal Appeals) Guernsey) Law, 1988. The appeal will be heard by the Royal Court in Guernsey. The time limit is 14 days from the date of the Court hearing.