What Does 'Bailiff' Mean?


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A bailiff is an employee of the court. He is in charge of executing writs and processes as well as making arrests. Thus he is a governor or custodian. He is a legal officer with certain authority delegated to him. There are different kinds of bailiffs. Their duties and responsibilities differ according to the position and offices they hold. He also maintains courtroom decorum. He handles various jobs for the judge and the clerk.

Bailiffs are usually state-paid or freelancers in Europe. The professional acts of a bailiff can be contested by lodging a complaint against his actions. An appeal can be made against his decision in a court. A bailiff also has the duty of collecting debts and act as a trustee in bankruptcy.

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