What is a Bailiff?
Posted on 20th January 2022 at 10:23
During the 11th century, courts handled more administrative issues than legal issues, and Bailiffs were responsible for executing the orders of the court, managing the assets that the court took under control. A Bailiff had the authority to enforce court orders and was known as a manager, a custodian, or an overseer. With time, the role of courts changed; however, the role of a Bailiff changed a little. There are two kinds of bailiffs Court Bailiffs, like magistrates' bailiffs and county court bailiffs, and Private of Certified bailiffs like water bailiffs, farm bailiffs, Epping Forest bailiffs, high bailiffs, and jury bailiffs.
Nowadays, the main responsibility of the Court Bailiff is to ensure the security of the courtroom and the occupants. This ranges from searching for any arms and ammunition to swearing-in of the witness and maintaining order in the courtroom.
The duties a Court bailiff is to perform are as under:
He is responsible for the delivery of summons, for enforcement of court judgement, and the collection of debts through court orders.
Making sure people are not carrying arms when they enter the courtroom
Declaring entry of judge in the courtroom
Keeping order during the trial.
Announcing and enforcing the courtroom rules
Ensuring that the judges have all the necessary fillies and supplies
The duties of a private or a certified bailiff are -
Enforcing the recovery of rent, council tax, and parking fines, recover debts for various clients such as banks, solicitors, finance companies, utility companies local authorities, etc.
Writing letters to debtors requesting payment.
Working with debtors and assisting them with a plan to pay in instalments.
Recovery of goods, where the possessor was unsuccessful to keep up loan repayments.
Organising for goods to be sold off at auction.
Removing occupiers, changing locks, and boarding up properties.
Keeping track of money taken or items detained.
Taking accountability for received money.
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