Service Marks Start of UK Legal Year
Tuesday, 1st October 2013
The annual Judges Service took place at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
In his Bidding, the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall said: ‘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 of all people in the cause of justice.
‘We acknowledge our high calling to reflect the justice and mercy of God. We seek God’s strength and guidance that we might remain true to the highest legal traditions, subtle as we apply ourselves to the causes before us, and wise as we influence the development of the law.
‘We pray for the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, The Right Honourable Christopher Grayling MP, for The Right Honourable Sir John Thomas, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and for all who make and administer the law, both in the United Kingdom and in the European Union and in the other legal jurisdictions represented here today.
‘We ask God to sustain us in our duties, to grant us humility and sound judgement, to forgive our errors, and to inspire us in our service. Here on earth may we serve more faithfully that heavenly justice in which alone we can in the end trust.’
Lessons were read by The Lord Chancellor (Micah 6: 1-8) and the Lord Chief Justice (St Matthew 5: 1-16).