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Careers as a Bailiff As a bailiff, your primary duty will be to see that the courtroom and all of the people in it, from judge to jury, remain safe.

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If your exposure to bailiffs is only limited to what you’ve see in courtroom-based television shows, you should know that a bailiff does more than bring in the accused or stand near the judge.

In fact, a bailiff plays an integral role in the criminal justice and legal system.

If you think this might be a career you’d enjoy and you want to learn how you can begin your career, keep reading.

What You’ll Do as a Bailiff

A bailiff provides the courtroom and its occupants with security by making sure they are safe. Their job ranges from searching for bombs and guns to swearing in witnesses. Some bailiff duties include:

  • Ensuring people are not armed as they enter the courtroom and confiscating any unauthorized weapons
  • Declaring the judge’s entry into the courtroom
  • Keeping order during the trial
  • Announcing and enforcing the courtroom rules
  • Escorting prisoners to and from court
  • Handling evidence
  • Ensuring judges have all necessary files and supplies

When a jury is sequestered in a hotel, the bailiff is responsible for security. They accompany the jurors to restaurants or other areas, ensuring the jurors do not contact other people.

Requirements for a Bailiff Career

Bailiffs need to have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. However, the requirements for a bailiff career vary by jurisdiction.

Some states may require a specific type of formal training. However, other states may accept a criminal justice degree or law enforcement degree. Generally, you can find specific career requirements from your local sheriff’s department.

Bailiff Salary and Job Growth

According to the 2021 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics, the median annual salary for bailiffs is $48,320.

Employment for bailiffs and correctional officers is expected to decline by 7% through 2030, which is slower than average. According to the BLS, budget constraints and a predicted downward trend in crime rates will contribute to the slower job growth.

Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience, and a variety of other factors. National long-term projections of employment growth may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.