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The Bailiwick of Guernsey is a group of islands located in the Bay of St. Malo in the Channel Islands. A bailiwick is a legal area which is administered by a person or body of people called "the bailiff." The Channel Islands consists of two bailiwicks: the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

The Bailiwick of Guernsey is made up of three different jurisdictions, those being Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark. The islands in this Bailiwick includes all of the inhabited islands of the Channel Islands with the exception of the island of Jersey. By name, the islands which make up the Bailiwick of Guernsey are Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm, Brecqhou, Crevichon, Lihou, and Jethou, as well as the uninhabited islands of the Casquets and Burhou, off the coast of Alderney, and the waters which surround all of the above islands.

Although the Bailiwick of Guernsey is a British Crown Dependency and the bailiff is appointed by the monarch of the United Kingdom, it is not actually part of the United Kingdom. It is considered a remnant of the Duchy of Normandy which is separate from, but not independent of, the UK.

The bailiff, who is generally an attorney, is the overseer of the Royal Court and is available to cast a deciding vote of the judges cannot come to agreement on a judgement. He or she will also sometimes make decisions about cases which are based on preference or principle instead of established facts.

The Sovereign also appoints the lieutenant governor, who is designated as the official representative of the Crown in the Bailiwick.The lieutenant governor presides over all state meetings.

The chief minister, however, is elected rather than selected, and due to this fact, it is the most senior political position in the Bailiwick. Officially known as the President of the Policy and Resources Committee, which deals with Guernsey's day-to-day operations and the Bailiwick's external affairs.

The defense of the Bailiwick of Guernsey is the responsibility of the United Kingdom. It is not a member of the European Union, but it is treated like a member for the purposes of free trade.

The official languages of the Bailiwick of Guernsey are English, French. and Norman French. It has no flag.






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