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The Court of Aldermen is an elected body forming part of the City of London Corporation. The Court of Aldermen is made up of the twenty five aldermen of the City of London, presided over by the Lord Mayor (who is one of the aldermen). 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.

Court of Aldermen
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Aldermen (wearing scarlet robes) gathered in the Guildhall
Term limits
FoundedTime immemorial
Preceded byCourt of Hustings
Peter Estlin
since 2018
Seats25 aldermen
25 / 25
Meeting place
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Aldermens Court Room, Guildhall

Term of officeEdit

Although it is customary for them to retire at age 70 there is no legal compulsion to do so. They must submit themselves for re-election every six years.[3][4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "How the City of London works". Archived from the original on 5 April 2008. Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Report – Policy & Resources Committee in consultation with the General Purposes Committee of Aldermen, Bill for an Act of Common Council: Aldermanic Eligibility" (PDF). The City of London. 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ "The Court of Common Council - London Metropolitan Archives, Information Leaflet Number 13" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2017.