Inferior Number

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In Jersey's Royal Court, the Inferior Number is a grouping made up of two Jurats and the Bailiff.

The Inferior Number tries criminal cases that are regarded as beyond the jurisdiction of the magistrate: a typical case might be contravention of the Misuse of Drugs Law. The Jurats act as judges of fact and are required, on the evidence presented, to adjudge whether an offence has been committed, and whether the prosecution has proven its case beyond reasonable doubt.

In cases where the accused is proven guilty, the Inferior Number also determines the fine or sentence to be imposed. However, the Inferior Number cannot sentence a criminal to more than four years' imprisonment - if a longer sentence is demanded, sentencing must be referred to the Superior Number.

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