There is a vacancy for the role of Recorder of London, a titular title that dates all the way back to a charter granted by King Henry VI in 1444, although the position itself can be reliably dated back to the year 1298.

city_of_london_crestThe Recorder of London is appointed by the City’s Court of Aldermen and is a member of it, and is paid by the City of London, and is therefore seen as one of the City’s older titles.

The original charter appointed the Recorder ex office a conservator of the peace, and the Recorder increasingly exercised judicial functions in the following years, eventually becoming the principal judge in the City of London.

When the Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey) was created in 1834, the Recorder of London also became a judge at the Central Criminal Court. By tradition, the Recorder of London sits just off-centre when presiding in a case at the Old Bailey, just in case the Lord Mayor exercises their right to sit in on a trial and they would then take the centre chair.

It is therefore, also a serious legal position, so the humble likes of your correspondent wont be firing off his CV for this job.

In addition to judicial duties, the Recorders is also the returning officer for the Verderers of Epping Forest, and is usually the High Steward of Southwark, holding the sittings of the three Court Leets there each year.

But if you are the sort who fancies being the latest in a very long and ancient line of Recorders, the formal notice to apply is on the City of London website. I can’t link directly to the job advert because their silly website blocks that, but scroll through to page 2 of the adverts (as of today) to find it.


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  1. Matt says:

    The ‘High Steward of Southwark’ link leads to a page that both Chrome and F-Secure flag as containing malware, so it might be an idea to remove the link!

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