What does a Bailiff do?
First and foremost, he/she works to provide protection for the court, especially the judge. They will enforce all the policies of the court and will carry out orders of the judge. If a judge needs someone removed from the courtroom, it is their job to enforce that by seeing the person out, even restraining them if necessary. They keep the public and the jurors from having contact, and can escort the jury whenever they are moving from place to place. They keep order throughout the proceedings, and help handle evidence that needs to be dealt with securely. They can swear in witnesses, as well as keep up with the important files and supplies that the judge may need. If there is a threat, he/she is the one that searches for guns and bombs that may be hidden in the courtroom. They are the first line of defense between everyone that is in a court proceeding and those meaning to do them harm. Some of the main key points to the job description include:
- Keeping court disruptions to a minimum, through removal or arrest
- Guarding jurors that are sequestered in hotels overnight
- Removing of firearms or other harmful devices from the courtroom or from people in the courtroom
- Providing security or medical emergency services
- Keeping the judge fully supplied with his files and needed paperwork
- Apprising the jurors, the courtroom watchers, and others inside the courtroom of announcements.
- Preventing jurors from contacting the public, escorting them as needed, and keeping them safe from harm
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