One of the first responsibilities of a new High Sheriff is to confirm the appointment of an Under-Sheriff, and to pass this information to the Privy Council.
For centuries the job of the Under-Sheriff was carrying out the execution of High Court Writs of Fieri Facias. These were Writs of Execution directing the Sheriff to levy a sum equal to the amount of a judgment debt and interest from the goods and chattels of a debtor. The Under-Sheriff then appointed a Sheriff’s Officer (a bailiff) to carry out the seizure of goods and to sell them. The Under-Sheriff also enforced Writs of Possession (for the repossession of land or property) and Writs of Delivery (to deliver up a specific item of property). With effect from 1st April 2004 the duty of executing High Court Writs and Orders was transferred from the High Sheriff to High Court Enforcement Officers.
The Under-Sheriff still represents an element of continuity in the office and is available to provide help and guidance to High Sheriffs.
The Under-Sheriff is treated as a Deputy for the High Sheriff in all matters apart from that as a Returning Officer at Parliamentary Elections.
In the case that a High Sheriff should die during his year of office, the Under-Sheriff would take over the responsibilities of the office and to maintain continuity in the name of the deceased High Sheriff until another High Sheriff has been appointed and has made the Declaration of Office.
There is no restriction on the number of years for which an Under-Sheriff can hold office.
Under Sheriff : TBC.
Contact with the High Sheriff is customarily made through the Under-Sheriff's office: