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John Young ‘pricked’ as The High Sheriff for Dorset 2017/18

| Published on April 25, 2017

John Young ‘pricked’ as The High Sheriff for Dorset 2017/18


John Young made his declaration of office as The High Sheriff for Dorset for 2017/18 at a special ceremony at Blandford’s old town hall in the Corn Exchange on Friday March 8.

Each year a new High Sheriff is appointed and makes a public declaration of his loyalty to the Queen to start his shrieval year. The High Sheriff supports the judiciary and the Crown and actively lends support and encouragement to crime prevention agencies, the emergency services and to the voluntary sector.

During the ceremony, the former High Sheriff, Sir Philip Williams, presented the Key of the Poole Town Gaol to the New High Sheriff.

Mrs Katharine Jones, partner at Humphries Kirk LLP, was appointed Under Sheriff for the sixth year. The Under Sheriff supports and advises the High Sheriff in a legal capacity.

The Office of High Sheriff is an independent, non-political royal appointment for a single year. 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 county, and for the collection and return of taxes owed to the Crown. Today, there are 55 High Sheriffs serving the counties of England and Wales each year.

The High Sheriff is selected or ‘pricked’ from the List of Sheriffs for England and Wales and is carried out on a voluntary basis with no part of the expense falling on the public purse.

The High Sheriff can be contacted through the Under Sheriff’s office at 40 High West Street, Dorchester.

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