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Sheriffs and bailiffs

National Occupation Code (NOC): 4421

Sheriffs execute and enforce court orders, warrants and writs, participate in seizure and sale of property and perform courtroom and other related duties. Bailiffs serve legal orders and documents, seize or repossess properties, evict tenants and perform other related activities. Sheriffs and bailiffs are employed by provincial or territorial courts, and bailiffs may be employed as officers of the court or in private service as agents for creditors.

Job Duties for Sheriffs and bailiffs

  • Serve statements of claims, summonses, warrants, jury summonses, orders to pay spousal support, and other court orders
  • Serve writs of execution by seizing and selling property and distributing the proceeds according to court decisions
  • Locate property and make seizures and removals under various acts of Parliament
  • Provide courthouse security for judges and perimeter security for the courthouse
  • Escort prisoners to and from courts and correctional institutions
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and affidavits and maintain records
  • Attend court, escort witnesses and assist in maintaining order
  • Ensure security support services for sequestered juries
  • Issue warrants for imprisonment, arrest or apprehension.

Working Conditions for Sheriffs and bailiffs

Work is performed indoors and outdoors, depending on the duty. Sheriffs and bailiffs may have to face tense interpersonal situations when carrying out court orders, transporting and supervising the accused and convicted, or maintaining order in courtrooms. Sheriffs are equipped with enforcement tools and may have to use necessary force to protect people from harm and maintain safety.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Automobile Repossessor
  • Bailiff
  • Car Repossessor
  • Chief Deputy Sheriff
  • Chief Sheriff
  • Court Bailiff
  • Court Enforcement Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • District Sheriff
  • Private Bailiff
  • Process Server
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff's Bailiff
  • Sheriff's Officer
  • Sub-sheriff
  • Writ Server - Bailiff
  • Bailiff
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff's Bailiff
  • Sheriff's Officer

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