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Definition - What does Bailiff mean?

A bailiff is a person employed by the courts to execute the decisions of a court. This is mainly done in the case of financial repayment obligations, where a person is ordered to repay a certain amount of money but fails to do so. If this happens, the bailiff has the right to go to the person's property and retrieve items of value in order to fulfill the court order.

Bailiffs are also used inside of the courtroom to stand next to the judge's podium and retrieve pieces of evidence when submitted from the prosecution or defense, and hand them up to the judge. The bailiff also helps maintain peace and order in the courtroom. In all respects, a bailiff is tasked with executing the orders of a judge in any situation.

Justipedia explains Bailiff

In the U.S., the bailiff is the person who stands in the courtroom and maintains order. In the UK, a bailiff is entrusted with fulfilling the orders of a court by upholding judgments of a financial nature and retrieving items of value owned by the legally obligated person to be sold to repay the judgment against them. In the U.S., it is usually the sheriff or another law enforcement or tax officer that retrieves assets in order to repay debts.

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