The Role of Sheriff

The office of Sheriff dates back to at least the 7th Century, making it the oldest office in the City of London. Although no longer directly involved in the administration of justice or the collection of taxes, the two Sheriffs of the City of London reside in the Old Bailey and work closely with the Recorder of London and the judges of the Central Criminal Court to promote the rule of law and England's courts and legal services.

Throughout their year in office the Sheriffs work closely with the Lord Mayor and Guildhall to support the Lord Mayor's and the City's programme of activities, on occasions joining the Lord Mayor on his or her international business visits.

The Sheriffs host a number of events during the year at the Old Bailey to promote charitable and philanthropic causes, including the Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.