Judges mark start of the legal year

Friday, 1st October 2021

Judges mark start of the legal year

Judges and members of the legal profession gathered in Westminster Abbey on Friday 1st October 2021 for a special service to mark the start of the legal year.

The annual service, which dates back to 1897, was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who said in his Bidding:

'We gather in the presence of almighty God, who is the judge of all and who knows the secrets of our hearts, to renew our commitment to the service of the Crown and to all manner of people that we may, together, do right.
'We acknowledge a shared high calling, a common commitment to a justice that all can recognize, done without fear or favour, affection or ill will. So we seek God’s strength and guidance that we might remain true to our calling; informed, wise, and just.'

Readings were given by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP; and the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales.

The Venerable Sheila Watson, Preacher of Lincoln's Inn, gave the sermon.

The service was sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey conducted by James O’Donnell, Organist and Master of the Choristers. The organ was played by Peter Holder, Sub-Organist.

Order of Service for the Judges Service 2021 (PDF, 386KB)