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19th April 2016

Northamptonshire’s New High Sheriff

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This April saw the ‘Swearing in’ of the new High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Mrs Caroline Brocklehurst, with Hewitsons’ Head of Litigation, Dominic Hopkins reappointed as the county’s Under Sheriff.

Mrs Brocklehurst was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen to take over as High Sheriff from Dr Ahmed Mukhtar DL and will hold office for a year.

High Sheriffs represent the Sovereign in their counties on matters relating to the Judiciary and maintaining law and order. Apart from monarchy, it is the oldest constitutional office in the land, dating to Saxon times.

The historic Sessions House provided the location for the annual declaration ceremony, an occasion which is hundreds of years old. The ceremony was presided over by Supreme Court Judge Lord Wilson of Culworth, one of the nation’s most senior Judges. The Lord-Lieutenant received the Declarations before the county’s Judiciary and among those attending were the Mayor of Northampton, the Chief Constable, the chairmen of the County Benches of the Magistracy and other Civic dignitaries.

Mrs Brocklehurst is a Trustee of St. John’s church, Plumpton Charitable Trust and intends to promote the work of the Hope Centre in Northampton during her year. Mrs Brocklehurst said “I am looking forward to this coming year as High Sheriff and meeting the many unsung volunteers in the community who do so much and supporting the Judiciary. My predecessor Dr. Mukhtar has done great good for the many charities he has supported and I know he will continue to be involved in many aspects of life in Northamptonshire”

Mr Hopkins, who begins his tenth year as Under Sheriff, will be providing the High Sheriff with advice and assistance during her year. Mr Hopkins says “It is a privilege to continue to serve this ancient and noble office and I very much look forward to supporting Mrs Brocklehurst in the year”

For further information about The High Sheriff of Northamptonshire please click here.