Bailiff Career

Career Overview

Bailiffs are sometimes also called court officers or marshals. Their main duty is to enforce safety and order in courtrooms as a law enforcement officer. Their specific job duties include enforcing court room rules, assisting judges, protecting and guarding juries from outside contact, delivering legal and court documents, and providing general protection and security for courthouses. Depending on location, the duties of a bailiff may change.

Education Requirements

High School Diploma or GED
Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice or Similar Field for Federal Corrections Officers

Most law enforcement officers and corrections officers receive training through regional training academies available to local and state agencies. Bailiffs will also often receive on the job training. Other requirements to be a corrections officer or bailiff include being a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, being at least 18 to 21 years of age, passing a drug test, and having no previous felony convictions. Federal corrections positions require a bachelor’s degree and other positions require 2 years of previous work experience that does not need to be corrections or law enforcement related.


Institutional policies & regulations
Operations Procedures
Custody & Security Procedures
Self Defense Training
Fire Arms
Legal Systems
Corrections System

Licensing Requirements

Bailiffs are generally required to hold a current fire arms license.

School Recommendations

University of Phoenix
Western Governor’s University
DeVry University
Tiffin University
Ashford University

Employment Trends

Average Hourly Wages for Bailiffs in 2008: $37,820
Job Availability as of May 2008: 20,200
Projected Employment in 2018: 21,900

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  • Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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