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Bailiff is a legal officer who has authority to act a custodian. Some common usages of the term “bailiff” in a legal sense include: 

  • Bailiff is someone entrusted with the care and protection, guardianship, or jurisdiction of a person, land, or personal property pending further court action. 
  • A bailiff is also a court official, usually a peace officer or deputy sheriff, who keeps order in the courtroom and handles errands for the judge and clerk.
    • In this role, the bailiff acts as an intermediary between the judge and attorneys.
    • The main job of a bailiff is court security.
    • If someone does not behave in a courtroom, the bailiff can make that person leave the courtroom. 

[Last updated in June of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]