INTRODUCING CRIANTS, CLAMERISTS AND THE CLAMEUR DE HARO
IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS.
RAISING A CLAMEUR
The Clameur De Haro (sometimes wrongly described as a Clameur d'Haro) is a throwback to the Norman courts of justice. This ancient Norman custom of crying for justice, still surviving in the Channel Islands.
SO WHAT IS THE CLAMEUR AND WHEN CAN IT BE USED?
The raising of the Clameur is the creation of a temporary injunction which is extended upon registration at the Court and which originated as a means of summoning neighbours
and passersby to the aid of a victim of crime.
There were penalties for failure to respond or to join the pursuit, and also for raising the cry inappropriately. If haro was cried in the course of a dispute over goods or real property, that property was regarded as immediately sequestrated. This aspect of the haro, inherent in its nature, lay behind its evolution into a more sophisticated legal instrument. Although it remained a feature of public order and robbery cases, it became a commonplace tactic in civil cases, used to place disputed property in sequestration pending legal judgement of the principal. As such it was a headache for returning Valois partisans after the expulsion of the English. As they walked into the lands of their predecessors, they risked 'contredit a haro' from any local resident who had acquired title in the previous thirty-three years.