Trevor and Shona Pitman declared bankrupt

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The former Deputies spoke after the court hearing.

Jersey Deputies Trevor and Shona Pitman have been declared bankrupt.

It means they will no longer be allowed to sit in the States.

It also means there will be two by-elections in St Helier probably by the end of February or early March.

This afternoon the owners of Broadlands estate agents asked the Royal Court to declare the couple bankrupt so their debts can be settled.

The couple claim they have been left virtually penniless after running up huge lawyers fees following a long running court case and series of appeals.

The couple took the Jersey Evening Post and Broadlands estate agents to court over a cartoon which appeared in the paper in December 2008 which they allege defamed them.

The court disagreed, and the Pitmans failed to get the verdict overturned on appeal.

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