About 650 people attended this year’s Justice Service at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Sunday.
The service was the biggest of its kind ever held at the cathedral and guests included representatives of the legal and criminal justice system.
It marked the end of the year in office of Suffolk’s High Sheriff William Kendall.
The speaker was David Anderson QC, who completes six years as Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation this month.
The Rev Canon Philip Banks said: “One of the hallmarks of our British way of life is that the rule of law, to ensure justice for all, is maintained by a judiciary independent of government. We live in challenging times, and this principle is more important than ever.”
He added that they prayed for and gave thanks to all involved in the justice system.