Court of Aldermen

The Court of Aldermen forms part of the senior governance of the City of London Corporation. It comprises twenty-five aldermen of the City of London, presided over by the Lord Mayor (becoming senior alderman during his year of office). The Court was originally responsible for the entire administration of the City, but most of its responsibilities were subsumed by the Court of Common Council in the fourteenth century. The Court of Aldermen meets nine times a year in the Aldermen's Court Room at Guildhall.[1] Some of the remaining duties of the Court include approving people for Freedom of the City and approving the formation of new livery companies,[2] appointing the Recorder of London and acting as the Verderers of Epping Forest.

City Court of Aldermen
Aldermen (robed in scarlet) at Guildhall
Type
Type
Term limits
None
History
FoundedTime immemorial
Preceded byCourt of Husting
Leadership
William Russell
since 2019
Structure
Seats25 aldermen
25 / 25
Meeting place
Guildhall of London