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Judges service marks start of the 2020 legal year

Thursday, 1st October 2020

Judges service marks start of the 2020 legal year

The annual Judges Service was held at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 1st October 2020.

The service was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle, who said in his Bidding:

At the beginning of the legal year, 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.
We pray for the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, The Right Honourable Robert Buckland, for The Right Honourable The Lord Burnett, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales; and for all who make and administer the law, both in the United Kingdom and in the other legal jurisdictions represented here today.
In this holy place we ask God to sustain us in our life and work, to grant us humility and sound judgment, to forgive our errors, and to inspire our service. Through us and in us, may the words of the prophet find fulfilment and justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

 

The Lord Chancellor read Exodus 20: 22a; 23: 1–13, and the Lord Chief Justice read Luke 18: 1–8.

The Dean preached 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 A Service to mark the opening of the Legal Year in England and Wales (PDF, 302KB)

Address given at A Service to mark the opening of the Legal Year in England and Wales

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