The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire
In England and Wales the Office of High Sheriff is of great antiquity and importance. Originally it was the High Sheriff’s job to prepare for the Assizes, including accommodation and transport for Her Majesty’s Judges and to attend upon and entertain them whilst in his County.
The High Court Judges sat and heard cases for both criminal and civil matters. Following the Courts Act 1971 Assizes were abolished and Crown Courts established in their place. High Sheriffs continued to attend the Judges on certain days and regard it as their duty to entertain them and be as helpful as possible but the day to day responsibility for the arrangement of Courts is within the province of the Circuit Administrator.
The High Sheriff should receive an invitation when The Sovereign or a member of the Royal Family visits his County and the High Sheriff of the County takes precedence immediately after the Lord-Lieutenant. When in attendance upon Her Majesty’s Judges at the Crown Court, however, the High Sheriff has precedence over the Lord-Lieutenant.
Thus, today, the High Sheriff in his County has become very much a great symbolic and social figure.
The High Sheriff is appointed annually, usually in late March or early April and the current High Sheriff is:
Mrs J G A Hughes DL
The Under Sheriff is David Wood