The High Sheriff’s Law Lecture took place on 9th of October 2012. The event was hosted this year by the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, William Alden MBE, DL at the University Examination Schools. The Lecture “Out of his Shadow- the long struggle of wives under English Law” was given by the Right Honourable Lord Wilson of Culworth PC, Justice of the Supreme Court.
The High Sheriff’s Law Lecture is an annual event and traditionally takes place on the second Tuesday of October, just before the Glove Ceremony and Court Sermon, which mark the start of the judicial year in Oxford. Dating back to at least the sixteenth century, it has been the tradition in Oxford for white gloves to be presented to the Judge in Commission by the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the University and by the Lord Mayor on behalf of the City in the Dean’s Drawing Room at Christ Church. After the presentation of the gloves those present process to Christ Church Cathedral for the Court Sermon, where a College Chaplain is usually appointed to preach. This year the Court Sermon was made in the presence of The Honorable Mr Justice Fulford.