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Advocate Dionne Gilbert is appointed Acting Batonnier

January 2011

Advocate Dionne Gilbert, a partner at Jersey law firm Crill Canavan, has been appointed Acting Batonnier.

The Acting Batonnier administers Jersey's legal aid scheme, a responsibility delegated by the head of the Jersey Bar, the Batonnier (Advocate Anthony Olsen).

The Batonnier nominates his deputy from the Island's senior lawyers. Advocate Gilbert will serve for a period of two years and, as well as administering the legal aid system, will deputise for the Batonnier. Advocate Gilbert, a partner in Crill Canavan's personal litigation team, will continue her private practice. She will be supported in her new role by non-practising barrister Carl Ashcroft.

Crill Canavan managing partner Kathryn Purkis said: "We are delighted that Dionne was chosen as Acting Batonnier. It reflects the extremely high regard in which Dionne, and the firm, is held."  

Advocate Gilbert is the head of Crill Canavan's Family Law department, where she focuses on divorce and separation, pre and post nuptial agreements and children's cases. She is a member of the Jersey Law Society and serves on the committee of the Jersey Family Law Association.

She has considerable experience defending serious criminal cases in the Royal Court and Court of Appeal, and has undertaken a wide variety of civil cases in which her court experience ranges from personal injury cases to contractual disputes.

As Acting Batonnier, Advocate Gilbert will consider every application and decide whether to issue a legal aid certificate. Because legal aid is not available for every type of dispute or problem, she will decide whether each case, in accordance with the legal aid guidelines, is eligible. She will also decide whether the applicant is financially eligible for legal aid.

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