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The Office of High Sheriff

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent non- political Royal appointment for one year. Apart from the Monarchy the office of the High Sheriff is the oldest in the land. The origins of the office date back to Saxon times, when the “Shire Reeve” was responsible to the King for the maintenance of law and order within the shire or county, and for the collection and return of taxes due to the Crown.

High Sheriffs continue to represent the Sovereign in their counties on matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order. Their responsibilities are conferred on them by the Crown through the warrant from the Privy Council.

Today the High Sheriff’s aim is to support voluntary and statutory organisations often engaged in aspects of law and order with a particular role in supporting the judiciary and taking a special interest in the activities of statutory bodies such as the police, emergency services, the prison service and the probation service.