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Bailiffs Career Video

About This Career

Maintains order in courts of law.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Screens persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.
  • Escorts prisoners to and from courthouse and maintains custody of prisoners during court proceedings.
  • Maintains order in courtroom during trial and guards jury from outside contact.
  • Provides security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
  • Guards lodging of sequestered jury.
  • Enforces courtroom rules of behavior and warns persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.
  • Arrests persons in court when arrest warrants have been issued.
  • Reports need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office.
  • Checks courtroom for security and cleanliness and assures availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys.
  • Stops people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Court Bailiff
  • Court Officer
  • Court Security Officer
  • Deputy Bailiff
  • Security Officer — Plans, organizes, directs and controls, security activities.
  • Deputy Court Services Sheriff
  • Court Constable
  • Court Deputy


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