It is the responsibility of a serving High Sheriff to nominate a successor for office three or four years in advance and to pass that recommendation to the Privy Council.
The selection process for candidates varies from county to county. In Derbyshire, names are put forward to a consultative committee, which usually includes the serving High Sheriff, the Under Sheriff, the Lord Lieutenant and a number of responsible advisers.
The High Sheriff is always mindful of selecting an appropriate successor to this prestigious role and encourages any information about outstanding individuals within Derbyshire who may be suitable for nomination.
Candidates must own property within Derbyshire “sufficient to answer the Queen and her people.” There are no rules governing the size of the property, nor is the Sheriff obliged to make a public statement regarding their personal wealth.
It is important to note that there is no bar to any suitable person becoming a High Sheriff, whether it be from social standing, sex, colour, or creed.
Once a candidate has accepted a nomination, their name is forwarded to the office of the Privy Council. Once a year, on 12th November or the closest working day to that date, the names of all the High Sheriffs in nomination are read out by the Queen’s Remembrancer in the Court of the Lord Chief Justice in the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London. Presiding at that ceremony are the Lord Chief Justice and two other Privy Councillors. The names of all those nominated are published in the London Gazette and announced in the Court Circular columns of the press.