The Legal Service

This special service will be attended by the High Sheriff of Cornwall along with High Court judges and those involved with the administration of justice in Cornwall. The service will include brass fanfares, processions and some impressive legal dress.

The office of High Sheriff is at least one thousand years old and is the oldest continuous secular office under the Crown. Originally, the office held many of the powers now vested in Lord Lieutenants, High Court Judges, Magistrates, Local Authorities, Coroners and even the Inland Revenue. The High Sheriff remains the Sovereign’s representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
The High Sheriff takes up appointment upon making a sworn declaration in terms dictated by the Sheriff’s Act 1887. The appointment is for one year only and is a personal appointment by the Duke of Cornwall.