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Bailiff  What They Do

Just the Facts


Maintains order in courts of law.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement 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.
  • Provides security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
  • Enforces courtroom rules of behavior and warns persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.
  • Maintains order in courtroom during trial and guard jury from outside contact.
  • Checks courtroom for security and cleanliness and assure availability of sundry supplies, such as notepads, for use by judge, jurors, and attorneys.
  • Screens, controls, and handles evidence and exhibits during court proceedings.
  • Reports need for police or medical assistance to sheriff's office.
  • Stops people from entering courtroom while judge charges jury.
  • Announces entrance of judge.

Insider Info

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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 involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposed to disease and infections more than once a month through work such as patient care, laboratory work, and sanitation control
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third 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

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Deputy Sheriff Court Services -- Provides security to courts of jurisdiction, county office buildings and other institutions and provides transportation and supervision of inmates ordered to appear by courts.
  • Security Officer -- Plans, organizes, directs and controls, security activities.