Service marks role of justice system in the county

High Sheriff James Shepherd-Cross (centre) with (left to right) former High Sheriff John Townsend, Dominic Hopkins, His Honour Christopher Moss QC and Rev Lulu Pelly, outside Northampton Crown Court
High Sheriff James Shepherd-Cross (centre) with (left to right) former High Sheriff John Townsend, Dominic Hopkins, His Honour Christopher Moss QC and Rev Lulu Pelly, outside Northampton Crown Court

A special service to recognise the role of the Courts and those administering justice in the County will take place on Tuesday, November 12.

The service, being held at All Saints’ Church in Northampton, is at the invitation of the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire James Shepherd-Cross. It brings together judges and magistrates and representatives of many of the agencies working in the justice system.

The service has been arranged to coincide with the arrival of the Honourable Mr Justice Flaux, the Presiding High Court Judge in the Midlands, who will be sitting at Northampton Crown Court this month.

He will be joined at the church by Crown and County Court Judges, Magistrates, the Coroner, members of the Bar and the Chief Constable among others.

To honour the occasion, the Lord Lieutenant, Mayor and Councillors of the Borough will be present and contributors will include Bishops and other faith representatives from the county.

The service will be preceded by colourful robed processions from in front of the Sessions House along George Row to All Saints’ Church, a centuries-old tradition.

“It is very important that we recognise the vital role that is carried out by our Judges and all those involved in administering law and order in the county,” Mr Shepherd-Cross said.

“We have a world-respected justice system and should be proud of it. This service is a good way of doing that and we are particularly honoured that this year we shall be joined by High Sheriffs visiting from ten other counties, making it a particularly prestigious and colourful occasion.”

The processions take place from 5.45pm on Tuesday 12th November, All Saints Church in Northampton.