The sheriffs are elected for a one year term of office by the liverymen of the 110 livery companies each Midsummer Day (24th June), and their year at the Old Bailey runs from the day before Michaelmas (28th September) for the next 12 months. It is a necessary qualification before being elected the Lord Mayor to be both an alderman, and to have served the office of sheriff. In addition to their duties supporting HM Judges at the Central Criminal Court, and the Lord Mayor at Mansion House, the City of London, and further afield, the two sheriffs also play an active role in the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.
For more, please go to Election of Sheriffs
Sheriffs' Chain Appeal - how it works
The Role of the Sheriffs - transcript of a talk given by Alderman Sir Robin Gillett in 1984
For more relating to the Lord Mayor, please go to the Library & Links