Sheriffs Act 1887

The Sheriffs Act 1887 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It sets out the appointments and qualifications of sheriffs in England and Wales.[4]

Sheriffs Act 1887[1]
Long titleAn Act to consolidate the Law relating to the office of Sheriff in England, and to repeal certain enactments relating to Sheriffs which have ceased to be in force or have become unnecessary.
Citation50 & 51 Vict. c. 55
Territorial extent England and Wales[2]
Royal assent16 September 1887
Commencement16 September 1887[3]
Status: Amended
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended

The Act gives sheriffs the right to arrest those resisting a warrant (posse comitatus).


  1. ^ This short title is conferred by section 1 of this Act.
  2. ^ This is the effect of section 2 of this Act which displaces the presumption that an Act of Parliament applies to the United Kingdom unless the contrary is specified
  3. ^ This Act came into force on the date that it received royal assent because no other date was specified: Acts of Parliament (Commencement) Act 1793
  4. ^ Text of the Sheriffs Act 1887 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from