Vernon Tomes

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Vernon Amy Tomes

Vernon Amy Tomes (1932 – 1999) was Deputy Bailiff of Jersey from 1986 to 1992


Vernon Tomes talks to the media during the controversy over his dismissal from office

Early years

He was born in St John, the son of Wilfred James Tomes, a former Constable of the parish, and Florence Annie Amy. He was educated at St John's Elementary School and (on a States of Jersey scholarship) at Victoria College.


In 1951 he qualified as a solicitor of the Royal Court. He was elected to the States as Deputy for St Helier No.2 District in 1960 and served until 1969, presiding over several committees. In 1969 he was appointed Solicitor-General, and was Attorney-General between 1975 and 1985.

He was appointed Deputy Bailiff in 1986 and served in the post until he was removed from office in 1992, at the request of the Bailiff Sir Peter Crill, by the United Kingdom's Home Secretary, Kenneth Clarke. According to Sir Peter, Tomes was slow in producing written judgments.

In the 1993 elections, Tomes topped the poll to become a Senator, serving until shortly before his death.

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