The High Sheriff has a legal duty to appoint an Under Sheriff at the start of their year, usually a local solicitor. Often the Under Sheriff will have held the post for several years, a continuity which High Sheriffs find extremely helpful. Today the role is largely concerned with helping the High Sheriff at ceremonial occasions as well as assisting with other legal matters such as those relating to parliamentary elections. The Under Sheriff’s support and time are most generously and freely given.
The role of the undersheriff varies in each county because each county and each High Sheriff is different and has different needs.