Court of Assistants

The Court of Assistants, normally referred to as ‘the Court’, was first established in 1633. The Court governs the Company in its civil affairs. The Court consists of: the Captain-General; the President, (who is also Colonel Commandant and who is appointed by the Sovereign), Vice-President and Treasurer (collectively known as the Civil Chiefs); the Regimental Colonel; the Commanding Officer; the Senior Major; one nominated member of the Regiment; the Commander of the Special Constabulary; the Captain of the Company of Pikemen & Musketeers; the Officer Commanding the Light Cavalry; up to two Assistants appointed by the Court of  Assistants; and not more than twenty Assistants elected annually.
The Court sits as an open Court on ten occasions in the year to conduct the business of the Company and provides strategic and policy direction to the Chief Executive, who runs the Company on a day-to-day basis. The detailed business of the Court is undertaken by a number of Court committees, which are charged with overseeing various aspects of the Company’s business.
Each committee has terms of reference which are augmented annually by a list of objectives that it is required to achieve.

The business of the Court is conducted by committee and there are seven committees:

  • Executive Committee (all ex officio appointments) – responsible for financial matters in general and internal financial audit in particular, coordinating Court business that involves two or more Committees, and drafting policy papers for the Court’s approval.


  • Property Management Committee – responsible for the management and maintenance of the Company’s commercial, residential and recreational property portfolio and for Armoury House.


  • Sutling Committee – responsible for all trading conducted by the Company at Armoury House and on the Artillery Garden. This includes oversight of the resident caterers’ and event organisers’ contracts.


  • Membership and Recruiting Committee – responsible for rules, communication, membership matters and Company support to recruiting to the Active Unit. The Committee vets applications for membership.


  • Museum and Treasures Committee – responsible for the safekeeping, restoration, display and, where appropriate, acquisition of Company treasures.


  • Sports Committee – responsible for the management of all the Company’s sporting clubs and oversight of the sporting facilities at Armoury House.


  • Benevolent Fund Committee – responsible for the management of the Benevolent Fund and its disbursements to authorised beneficiaries.