Common Serjeant of London

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Sir Henry Dickens, KC, Common Serjeant of London 1917 – 1932

The Common Serjeant of London (full title The Serjeant-at-Law in the Common Hall) is an ancient British legal office, first recorded in 1291, and is the second most senior permanent judge of the Central Criminal Court after the Recorder of London, acting as deputy to that office, and sitting as a judge in the trial of criminal offences.

He is also one of the High Officers of the City of London Corporation, and must undertake certain civic obligations alongside his judicial duties: each Midsummer he presides at the election of Sheriffs in the Guildhall, and each Michaelmas he plays a key role in the ceremonial election of the Lord Mayor.[1] He presents the Sheriffs to the Queen's Remembrancer at the annual Quit Rents ceremony, and is in attendance on most other major ceremonial occasions.[2]

The Common Serjeant is appointed by the Crown on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor.

Formerly, the Common Serjeant of London was a legal officer of the City Corporation of London. The Common Serjeant of London attended on the Lord Mayor of London and the Court of Aldermen on court days, and acted with them in council. He also attended the Court of Aldermen and Common Council, and had charge of the Orphans' Estates[3]

The 80th incumbent is His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard, QC, who was appointed on 16 May 2013.[4]

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Incomplete List of Common Serjeants[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Order of Ceremonial, 2013
  2. ^ Job description
  3. ^ The Book of Dignities: Containing Rolls of the Official Personages of the British Empire ... from the Earliest Periods to the Present Time ... Together with the Sovereigns of Europe, from the Foundation of Their Respective States; the Peerage of England and Great Britain ... by Joseph Haydn and Joseph Timothy Haydn Published by Longmans, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851
  4. ^ 'Chambers congratulates HHJ Nicholas Hilliard QC on his appointment as Common Serjeant of London at the Central Criminal Court' – 6 King's Bench Walk Chambers website
  5. ^ Dickens, Henry Fielding The Recollections of Sir Henry Dickens, KC William Heinemann Ltd, London (1934) pg 277
  6. ^ Cohen, Herman A History Of The English Bar And Attornatus To 1450 The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd, Clark, New Jersey (2005) pg 251 Google Books
  7. ^ John Strype's Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster
  8. ^ "Mirehouse, John [Cambell] (MRHS806JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  9. ^ Beazley's appointment as Common Serjeant London Gazette 23 October 1942
  10. ^ Hawke's appointment as Common Serjeant London Gazette 4 December 1953
  11. ^ British Army Officers 1939–1945
  12. ^ Obituary in The Telegraph

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