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A Greffier is the clerk to a legislature or a court in some countries where French is, or used to be, the language of the legal system.[1]

The word Greffe refers to the records kept by the Greffier or the department of government under the Greffier's management.[2]


  • Guernsey 1
  • Jersey 2
  • France 3
  • References 4


In Guernsey, Her Majesty's Greffier is responsible for the records of the Island's government,[3] in particular those of the States of Deliberation and the courts.


Since 1931, there have been two Greffiers in Jersey.[4]

The Judicial Greffier is the clerk or Registrar of the Royal Court and the other courts of the Island.[5] The Greffier also carries out some of the administrative functions of the Royal Court, for example registering doctors.[6] Currently the role of Judicial Greffier and the role of Viscount (executive officer of the Royal Court) is held jointly by one person.[7]

The Greffier of the States is the clerk and record-keeper for the States Assembly.[4][8] Propositions presented to the States are described as "lodged au Greffe".[9]


The greffiers are responsible for the records of the courts. A judicial document is not valid without a greffier's signature. They also have responsibility for evidence.


  1. ^ Greffier at Wiktionary
  2. ^ Greffe at Wiktionary
  3. ^ "Royal Court records". BBC. 27 January 2009. Retrieved March 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "About the States Greffe". Retrieved September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Non executive and legal departments: Judicial Greffe". States of Jersey. Retrieved March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Royal Court". Jersey Courts. Retrieved March 2011. 
  7. ^ "2010 Jersey Court Service Business Plan". Jersey Judicial Greffe and Viscounts Department. 5 February 2010. pp. 4–5. Retrieved March 2011. 
  8. ^ "Non executive and legal departments: States Greffe". States of Jersey. Retrieved March 2011. 
  9. ^ See any of the Propositions on the States website
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