Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Swearing in of the Under-sheriff

Anne Elliott, Marketing Partner at Latimer Hinks Solicitors has been sworn in as the new Under-sheriff of County Durham.

What is an Under-sheriff?
Well, here is the legal definition -

UNDER-SHERIFF. A deputy of a sheriff. The principal is called high-sheriff, and the deputy the under-sheriff.

The High Sheriff and Under-Sheriff were the principal law enforcement officers in the county, but over the centuries most of the responsibilities associated with the appointment have been transferred elsewhere.

Here is a press release on Anne's new role

Mary Everitt, Anne's Trust Assistant attended the swearing in. She'll be telling us all about the day via this blog in the next few days.

If you're interested, here is a List of County Durham High Sheriffs dating back to the 15th Century
The photo shows Anne alongside Alasdair MacConachie, High Sheriff