The High Sheriff
The High Sheriff is the Queen’s representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order; much of the High Sheriff’s year is therefore spent supporting and encouraging the voluntary and statutory organisations who work in this area. In Shropshire this means involvement with the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts, the Police, Prison and Probation Services.
Traditionally High Sheriffs look after visiting High Court Judges to the county, although such visits are now rare in Shropshire. However, the High Sheriff does make awards to those who, in the opinion of the Judges at a criminal trial, have been active in the apprehension of certain offenders.
The Office of High Sheriff is apolitical and as such the High Sheriff is in a unique position to be able to bring people together within the county and to support the enormous contribution made by the emergency services, the armed forces, local authorities, church and faith groups and the voluntary community.
In a ceremonial capacity the High Sheriff assists the Lord Lieutenant of the county with Royal visits, is the Official Returning Officer for parliamentary elections and has responsibility for proclaiming the accession of a new Sovereign.
The High Sheriff is a volunteer and meets the costs of her year in Office herself. No part of her expenses fall on the public purse.