Bailiffs are law enforcement officers whose duties ensure the orderly conduct of trials in the legal courtroom. Bailiffs perform a wide range of tasks which include making sure that courtrooms are safe and secure and announcing the entrance of the judge.
In addition they see to various other tasks such as instructing those in the courtroom about policies as well as enforcing courtroom rules and removing those who violate them or contacting outside help if necessary. If a trial lasts more than a day and jurors are sequestered the bailiff sees to their secure hotel accommodations. Bailiffs also swear in witnesses escort prisoners to and from court and make sure that judges have the necessary files and supplies.
Bailiffs must have strong interpersonal skills and expertise in courtroom procedure and they must complete first aid and CPR training in case of any medical emergencies during a trial. To become a bailiff a high school diploma or general education degree (GED) is required. However additional training at a two-year or four-year college vocational school or police academy will usually make applicants for this type of job more marketable.
Courses in criminal justice law enforcement or civil rights are especially helpful but so is law enforcement job experience or previous experience working for the court system. Background investigations of job applicants are strictly carried out on individuals being considered for a job as a bailiff.
The projected prospects for job openings are positive and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median annual salary is in the mid $30000s with a range of less than $18750 to more than $61500.