The High Sheriff remains the Sovereign’s representative in the County for all matters relating to the Judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.
Derbyshire High Sheriffs are encouraged to undertake duties to help the voluntary and statutory bodies within the County.
They have a unique opportunity to work for the good of their communities.
The modern role in Derbyshire can be summarised as follows:
- Being in attendance when members of the Royal Family visit the county.
- Providing a ceremonial presence at formal functions and receptions in the county.
- Looking after the well being of Crown Court Judges and High Court Judges, when they visit the county.
- Serving as Returning Officer at general and local elections within the county.
- Responsibility for the Proclamation of the accession of a new Sovereign.
- Taking an active role in the process of law and order within the county, including working with police, courts, coroner, probation service, prisons etc.
- Providing an impartial and non-political figurehead within the community.
- Taking an active interest in and supporting the commercial, social and spiritual life of the county.
- Acting as an Ambassador for Derbyshire, both within the county and elsewhere.
- Providing opportunities for the leaders of different sections of the local community to meet and exchange ideas.
- Presenting High Sheriff’s Awards and thanking those in the county who work for the benefit of the community.
- Drawing differing sections of the community together (for instance the ethnic minorities).
- Officiating at the Citizenship Ceremonies for successful applicants who are wishing to become British Citizens.
- Supporting the efforts of local charities and voluntary organisations.
The role is unpaid and no expenses are reimbursed. For this reason, there is no set framework of duties and a High Sheriff can choose how they can best utilise their time in office.