The Warrant of Appointment and Term of Office
Following the 'pricking' of the High Sheriff in the Privy Council a Warrant of Appointment is sent by the Clerk of the Privy Council to him or to her in the following terms:
'WHEREAS HER MAJESTY was this day pleased, by and with the advice of HER PRIVY COUNCIL, to nominate you for, and appoint you to be HIGH SHERIFF of the COUNTY OF during HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE: These are therefore to require you to take the Custody and Charge of the said COUNTY, and duly to perform the duties of HIGH SHERIFF thereof during HER MAJESTY'S PLEASURE, whereof you are duly to answer according to Law.'
The High Sheriff takes up appointment upon making a sworn declaration in terms dictated by the Sheriff's Act 1887. The appointment is for one year only or until the appointment of a successor is executed.