What do Bailiffs do?

Maintain order in courts of law.

  • Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.
  • Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
  • Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.
  • Maintain order in courtroom during trial and guard jury from outside contact.
  • Check courtroom for security and cleanliness and assure availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys.
  • Screen, control, and handle evidence and exhibits during court proceedings.
  • Report need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office.
  • Stop people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury.
  • Announce entrance of judge.
  • Escort prisoners to and from courthouse and maintain custody of prisoners during court proceedings.
  • Provide jury escort to restaurant and other areas outside of courtroom to prevent jury contact with public.
  • Guard lodging of sequestered jury.
  • Maintain court docket.

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Necessary Skills

  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Monitoring
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking

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