Under the terms of Jersey’s new Military Service Act, three tribunals are being set-up in the Island. The function of the West, East and Town Tribunals is to judge appeals from men claiming exemption from military service, with the principal grounds, aside from medical reasons, being that their civilian role is vital to the war effort.
Just who will sit on these tribunals has been a topic of considerable speculation during the last few weeks. The final decision rests with the parish constables, whose challenge is to find citizens of good standing able to impartially assess each case coming before them.
This week, the Constable of St Helier, Mr John Pinel, announced his selection, which consists of mostly prominent townsmen. These are potato merchant Mr Francis Amy, Mr J.A. Blampied, formerly of the Beresford Library, ex-deputy for St Helier, Mr C.H. Heath, Mr C. Messervy, who is an architect, crown solicitor Mr P.A. Roissier and timber merchants Mr W. Le Feuvre and Mr J.W. Huelin.
With several thousand men believed to have lodged an appeal for exemption, the Town and other tribunals are expecting to be busy during the coming months.
D/AP/R/10/3 contains records relating to Jersey’s Military Service Act tribunal system including guidelines, terms and official forms.