Bailiff Careers, Jobs, Duties & Salary Information

Bailiff Careers, Jobs, Duties & Salary Information

Bailiff Job Description

More than 16,360 bailiffs, court officers, and correctional officers work in the nation's courts, jails, and penitentiaries. Bailiffs (or courthouse marshals) enforce safety and law enforcement regulations in the courtroom. They may assist judges, juries, or other trial participants. They are typically used to announce the arrival or departure of the judge from the courtroom.
In some proceedings, bailiffs are expected to escort prisoners to and from the courtroom or handle the belongings of incompetent persons summoned to the proceeding. They are often empowered to make arrests in criminal cases or in support of maintaining courtroom and courthouse security. Depending on the court, you'll find bailiff's swearing in witnesses, enforcing no-smoking laws, or accompanying jurors who are excused from the courtroom for meals or to visit locations pertinent to the trial. Bailiffs will also confiscate any weapons in the courtroom.

Job Training to Become a Bailiff

Training may be provided by state, regional, or local marshal or sheriff's departments, however pursuing an online criminal justice degree or law enforcement training can increase your employment options. For employment in Federal Prisons, one needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree (bls), and at the same time have an additional post-secondary training in law enforcement, criminal justice, or police science. Previous experience as a sheriff's deputy or police officer can also qualify you for work in the courthouse.

Job Outlook & Salary Range for Bailiffs

Occupational growth for bailiff jobs as per sources is expected to increase by 3 to 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, rising to a total of 5,400 positions. The range of the mean annual wage for a bailiff was $37,080 and a mean annual wage of $17.83 in 2013.


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