Bailiffs


Overview

Bailiffs

Introduction

Bailiffs, also known as marshals or court officers, handle anything and everything that goes on in and is associated with a courtroom. From keeping the room secure to providing food and housing for sequestered juries, the bailiff is responsible for managing the court's business. Bailiffs also serve legal papers to individuals and businesses as ordered by the court. Although the majority of bailiffs work for the court system, some bailiffs are more like process servers because they work independently and own their o...

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Median Salary

$45,760

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Employment Prospects

Fair

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Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training


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Experience

Any prior experience in law enforcement


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Skills

Business Management


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Personality Traits

Athletic

Earnings

Earnings for bailiffs are often subject to the budget amounts in the sheriff 's department where the bailiff works. Bailiffs working for large, well-funded departments will have higher earnings than those at small departments with limited budgets. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that bailiffs had a median yearly income of $45,760 in May 2018. Ten percent of bailiffs earned less than $24,62...

Work Environment

Most of a bailiff 's workday is spent indoors in a courtroom or in an office building. The bailiff works with many different people, including all the courtroom personnel, not to mention other law enforcement officials, probation officers, court clerks, and so on. A bailiff is seldom alone and must interact with others all day long. Because of the nature of the work, bailiffs are often placed i...

Outlook

Employment for bailiffs is expected to decline 1 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The bailiff career is a long-established one, and bailiffs are considered indispensable in courtroom settings. Because of this, bailiffs are needed and will continue to be a major part of the courtroom system. However, competition for positions in the entire law enforcement field is...

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