I was privileged to not only attend the Annual Justice Service at Birmingham Cathedral on the 10th of October, but also take part in the ceremony’s procession from and to St Philip’s Chambers.
The service, which was attended by the region’s Lord Mayors, visiting High Sheriffs, High Court Judges, Circuit Judges, Tribunal Judges, Recorders, District Judges, Deputy District Judges and Bench Chairs, is a special event that joins all those concerned with the administration of justice in the County of the West Midlands.
It was a memorable service, within which we were welcomed by the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Matt Thompson. The first reading was delivered by Mr Michael Kuo, High Sheriff of the West Midlands, and was taken from Leviticus 19.1, versus’ 11-18. This was followed by the second reading, from Luke versus’ 25-37, led by Jenny Loynton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant. The Reverend Canon Dr Mark Pryce, Director of Ministry, Chaplin to The Queen and Chaplain of St John’s Ambulance West Midlands then proceeded with the Sermon, after which the Honourable Mrs Justice Carr led the Act of Dedication.
The Cathedral Choir (Girls and Lower voices) delighted us with their songs throughout the service.
I would like to thank The High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Michael Kuo Esq and the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Revd Matt Thompson for hosting this superb ceremony, which respectfully marked the beginning of the Judicial year and presented a wonderful opportunity for the city to honour the work of all those who serve to uphold justice in the region.