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Judges of the Magistrates Court

Graeme McKerrell

Graeme McKerrell was born and brought up in Scotland until he was 10 years of age when his family moved to England. 

He was educated at Ewell Castle School, Surrey and later read law at Kingston University. This was followed by him undertaking the Law Society's Finals course at the College of Law, Guildford.

He undertook articles of clerkship with a medium sized firm in Aldershot where he practised as a solicitor for a period of time after formal qualification specialising in family and domestic proceedings.  As a consequence he would regularly appear in both Magistrate and County Courts across Hampshire and Surrey. 

In 1986 he joined Sussex Police Prosecutions Department and later transferred to the newly formed Crown Prosecution Service.  After four years in Sussex (including a five month secondment to CPS HQ in London to prosecute cases arising from the "Poll Tax" riots in 1990) he transferred permanently to CPS HQ, where for two years he headed the Recruitment Branch and thereafter worked within the Operations Group helping to develop national standards and procedures.  In 1994 he became the Branch Crown Prosecutor for Brighton and was later appointed The Crown Prosecutor for Sussex.

In 1997 Graeme McKerrell was recruited as a criminal specialist within the Chambers of the Law Officers of the Crown in Guernsey.  Following completion of the Guernsey Bar examinations and after obtaining a Certificate d'Etudes Juridiques Francaises et Normandes at the University of Caen he was admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court in 2001. He was appointed a Crown Advocate the following year.  In 2005 he became Director of Criminal Prosecutions and a Contrôle Délégué in 2006.

In 2015 he was appointed as a Judge of the Magistrate's Court and as a Lieutenant Bailiff.


Gary Perry

Gary was educated in the UK and studied at the University of Leicester and at the Inns of Court School of Law (Middle Temple).

He completed pupillage at 1 Paper Buildings Temple and was called to the UK Bar in 1989. From July 1984 to May 2006, he worked in the Crown Prosecution Service in the UK in various roles in Merseyside, Hampshire/Dorset and in Sussex where he was the Trial Unit Head of all Crown and Higher Court casework.  In May 2006 he commenced employment at the Law Officers of the Crown.  In 2007 he attended the University of Caen where he obtained the Certificat d'Etudes Juridiques Françaises et Normandes and was admitted as an Advocate of the Royal Court in July 2008. 

During his career Gary has worked successively as a Senior Law Clerk, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Prosecution Team Leader, Chief Crown Prosecutor and CPS Disciplinary Adjudicator and Investigator.  He has gained experience managing caseworkers and administration support covering Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight as well as prosecuting cases in the Magistrate's Court in Hampshire/Dorset and had a personal caseload of complex cases and prosecution of cases in the Sussex Crown Courts.

Gary also held the role of CPS Area Champion covering the areas of disclosure, computer crime, Proceeds of Crime Act, sexual offences.  He also held specialist roles and worked on the Special Casework Unit.  He was a CPS trainer on courses and was involved in CPS inspection work.  He was a member of the Guernsey Bar Council from 2010 - 2012.

Gary was sworn as a Judge of the Magistrate's Court and Lieutenant Bailiff in 2019.

His interests include cricket, football, motor racing, music, and IT.