Thursday 28th September saw the admission of the two Sheriffs for the year 2023-2024, Alderwoman Dame Susan Langley and Alderman Bronek Masojada.
The office of Sheriff dates back to at least the 7th Century, making it the oldest office in the City of London and they are elected each year on Midsummer Day by the City Livery companies at Guildhall, at an event known as Common Hall. The Sheriffs’ modern-day duties include supporting the Lord Mayor in his or her civic duties and serving as ambassadors for the UK-based financial and professional services industry by promoting the UK as a place in which to do business. They also play a key role in supporting His Majesty’s Judges at the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), by promoting the importance of the English rule of law to businesses, schools, diplomats, charities, the City Livery, and leading arts figures.
The newly admitted Sheriffs either side of the Lord Mayor of London.
The Sheriffs, the Lord Mayor, City Marshall, and the Common Cryer and Serjeant-at-Arms holding the Great Mace of Government before the Lord Mayor. It is understood the office was established well before 1338 when it was held by one of the King’s Serjeant-at-Arms.
The Central Criminal Court, where the Sheriffs work and reside, is recognised as the most famous criminal court in the world and is owned and managed by the City of London Corporation.