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Jersey Legal French

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Jersey Legal French

Jersey Legal French
français de jersey
Native to Jersey
Native speakers
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None
This official stone which marks the inauguration of a municipal office in 1999 bears the names of the Connétable and the Procureurs du Bien Public of Saint Helier.
Îles de la Manche (Channel Islands) used in a Jersey passport

Jersey Legal French, also known as Jersey French (French: français de jersey), is the official dialect of French used administratively in Jersey. Since the anglicisation of the island, it survives as a written language for some laws, contracts, and other documents. Jersey's parliament, the States of Jersey, is part of the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. The English language has been allowed in parliamentary debates since February 2, 1900; the current use of French in the parliament is generally restricted to formalities (prayers, ceremonies, formulæ).

Jersey's two official languages are French and English.

Jersey Legal French is not to be confused with Jèrriais, a variety of the Norman language also called Jersey Norman-French, spoken on the island.

The French of Jersey differs little from that of France. It is characterised by several terms particular to Jersey administration and a few expressions imported from Norman.

List of distinguishing features

It is notable that the autochthonous appellation of the archipelago is îles de la Manche (Channel Islands) — îles anglo-normandes (Anglo-Norman Islands) is a somewhat recent invention in continental French.

As in Swiss French and Belgian French, the numbers 70 and 90 are septante and nonante, respectively, not soixante-dix and quatre-vingt-dix (compare the use of nénante for 90 in Jèrriais).

Initial capital letters are commonly used in writing the names of the days of the week and months of the year.

Messire is used for the title of knighthood (continental French uses sir, often lower case ) – for example, the former Bailiff of Jersey, Sir Philip Bailhache is correctly addressed in French as Messire Philip Bailhache.


Jersey Legal French French English
barguin affaire bargain
chelin shilling shilling
en désastre en banqueroute bankrupt
impôts droits de régie customs and excise duties
principal contribuable du rât principal (ratepayer of a certain value)
quartier unité de valeur de propriété foncière quarter (unit of ratable value)
rât paroissial taxe foncière parish rate
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