This year’s Assise d’Héritage will take place at 10:00am on Monday 20th September 2021.
Due to the restrictions imposed upon the Court by the Covid-19 physical distancing requirements, at that time only the Seigneurs will make their comparence to the Crown as franc tenant and a small number of advocates will be expected to renew their oaths.
Thereafter, and on the same day, the Court will sit at half hourly intervals in the Royal Court and Members of the Bar will attend in the usual way to renew their oath.
Each sitting will be short as there will be no speeches nor a church service following the court sitting. This will enable smaller groups (up to 35 advocates at one time) to renew their oaths while maintaining appropriate physical distancing. The Court will be cleaned in-between each sitting.
The sittings will commence at 10:30am on 20th September 2021 and will be held every 30 minutes with a break between 1:00-2:00pm. The last sitting of the day will be at 4:30pm.
The Bailiff has invited advocates to indicate which sitting they would wish to attend and, where possible, that request will be granted.
However, to ensure physical distancing, no more than 35 advocates can attend any one session and the booking of the places will have to be on a first come first served basis.
To assist in the administration of this year’s Assise it would be helpful, where appropriate, if one person from each law firm (or department in the case of the Law Officers' Department) could communicate the sitting booking preferences* for their firm's Advocates to the Bailiff’s Judicial Secretary at email@example.com.
Firms who have not yet booked places for their Advocates are requested to do so as soon as possible.
[*Sittings are at 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am, 12.00 noon, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm and 4.30pm.]
Naturally, should any Member of the Bar be unable to renew their oath on the day, for any reason (including self isolation, quarantine and health concerns), then arrangements for subsequent renewal can be made on the provision of a reasonable justification.