Of deputies to sheriffs and other officers

Item, that all sheriffs and other officers of the king within this realm make their deputies, one or more, good and wise substantious men of best fame, knowledge, understanding and experience within the sheriffdom and least suspected, for whom they shall answer, for the universal administration of justice to all persons indifferently, and that they cause their deputies to be made, created and sworn in plain court and an act made thereupon; and if they continue their deputies longer than for one year, that they cause them yearly to be sworn to their offices for the administration of justice at the head courts after Michaelmas [29 September].

  1. NAS, PA2/8, III, f.32r. Back