Bailiff

Bailiff in the United States

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A court officer responsible for keeping order in the court. In most local courts, the Bailiff (Judicial Personnel issue) is a member of the Sheriff s Department, assigned to a court to provide a uniformed presence during all proceedings. The Bailiff (Judicial Personnel issue) also has official custody of the jury, which means he or she insures the security of jury deliberations. The Bailiff (Judicial Personnel issue) is usually also responsible for the custody of criminal defendants while they are in court.

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Courtroom Work Group (Judicial Personnel issue).

Analysis and Relevance

The Bailiff ( U.S.) is a familiar figure in courts. While the Bailiff ( U.S.)s functions are largely ministerial, he or she contributes to the smooth conduct of court business. In addition to keeping order, the Bailiff ( U.S.) also announces the entrance of the judge and often administers the oath to witnesses.

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  1. Definition of Bailiff from the American Law Dictionary, 1991, California

Bailiff Definition

A person to whom some authority, care, guardianship, or jurisdiction is delivered, committed, or intrusted. Spelman. A sheriff’s officer or deputy. 1 Bl. Comm. 344. A magistrate, who formerly administered justice in the parliaments or courts of France, answering to the English sheriffs as mentioned by Bracton. There are still bailiffs of particular towns in England; as, the bailiff of Dover Castle, etc; otherwise, bailiffs are now only officers or stewards, etc.; as bailiffs of liberties, appointed by every lord within his liberty, to serve writs, etc.; bailiffs errant or itinerant, appointed to go about the conntry for the same purpose; sheriff’s bailiffs, sheriff’s ofScers to exetjute Writs; these are also called “bound bailiffs,” because they are usually bound in a bond to the sheriff for the due execution of their ofSce; baillffG , of court baron, to smnmon the court, etc; bailiffs of husbandry, appointed by private piersons to collect their rents and manage their estates; water bailiffs, officers in port towns for searching ships, gathering tolls, etc. Bac. Abr. In Account Render. A person who has by delivery the custody and administration of lands or goods for the benefit of the own, er or bailor, and is liable to render an account thereof. Co. Litt. 271; 2 Leon. 246; Story, Eq. Jur. § 446.

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A person to whom some authority, care, guardianship, or jurisdiction is delivered, committed, or intrusted. Spelman. A sheriff’s officer or deputy. 1 Bl. Comm. 344. A magistrate, who formerly administered justice in the parliaments or courts of France, answering to the English sheriffs as mentioned by Bracton. There are still bailiffs of particular towns in England; as, the bailiff of Dover Castle, etc; otherwise, bailiffs are now only officers or stewards, etc.; as bailiffs of liberties, appointed by every lord within his liberty, to serve writs, etc.; bailiffs errant or itinerant, appointed to go about the conntry for the same purpose; sheriff’s bailiffs, sheriff’s ofScers to exetjute Writs; these are also called “bound bailiffs,” because they are usually bound in a bond to the sheriff for the due execution of their ofSce; baillffG , of court baron, to smnmon the court, etc; bailiffs of husbandry, appointed by private piersons to collect their rents and manage their estates; water bailiffs, officers in port towns for searching ships, gathering tolls, etc. Bac. Abr. In Account Render. A person who has by delivery the custody and administration of lands or goods for the benefit of the own, er or bailor, and is liable to render an account thereof. Co. Litt. 271; 2 Leon. 246; Story, Eq. Jur. § 446.

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    Bailiffs – You and Your Rights, South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales); July 1, 2013

    Bailiffs dispute settled: ; They work under judges’ direction, circuit chief rules, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); June 8, 2001; Rachelle Bott

    Bailiffs Getting Ready for Tough New Regime, States News Service; January 29, 2014

    Bailiffs Used by Council in 6,064 Cases, South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales); August 23, 2013

    Bailiffs ‘Charging for Wrong Cars’ Telegraph Investigates, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England); October 19, 2012

    Bailiffs fight for job protection., The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, TX); March 9, 2007

    Bailiff retires amoid power struggle: ; Remaining bailiffs have been asked to sign in as guests at sheriff’s office, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); June 13, 2001; Rachelle Bott

    Bailiff Shoves Widow out of House, The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan); November 30, 2012

    Bailiff, Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales); January 14, 2007

    Court bailiffs no longer covered under civil service., The Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, TX); March 17, 2007

    Reform of bailiffs’ law: Effective enforcement?, Consumer Policy Review; November 1, 2001; Kruse, John

    Talks over bailiffs break down: Sheriff vows not to talk to commission again; Putnam news; Commission, Charleston Daily Mail; October 30, 2002; MIKE CONNOLLY

    Bailing out the overworked bailiff’s offices, Jerusalem Post; May 1, 2003; DAN IZENBERG

    Quickie Qs & As on Bailiffs & Maintenance, Jerusalem Post; January 22, 1999; Adv Amihoud Borochov & Louise Borochov

    WELCOME FOR NEW BAILIFF LAWS; More Protection against Dreaded Knock at the Door, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England); January 26, 2013

    COUNCIL TO LOOK AT BAILIFF GUIDELINES; Telegraph Probe Prompts Review of Approach to Vulnerable Debtors, Coventry Evening Telegraph (England); October 18, 2012

    So You Want to Be A. Bailiff, Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales); May 3, 2009

    Sheriff asks Putnam to return civilian bailiffs: Four years ago, department lobbied to have them declared illegal, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV); October 16, 2002; Chandra Broadwater

    Forced Overtime Upsets Some Kanawha County, W.Va., Bailiffs., Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News; June 6, 2001

    Poorest Falling Victim to the ‘Bullying Bailiffs’ Number of Complaints Rises, Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales); January 27, 2013

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