43200 – Sheriffs and bailiffs



43200 – Sheriffs and bailiffs
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 must usually complete a training program offered by the province to work in the provincial courts. They are employed by federal, provincial, territorial and municipal courts, and bailiffs may be employed as officers of the court or in private service as agents for creditors.

Index of titles
Automobile repossessor
Car repossessor
Chief deputy sheriff
Chief sheriff
Court bailiff
Court enforcement officer
Deputy sheriff
District sheriff
Private bailiff
Process server
Sheriff's bailiff
Sheriff's officer
Special constable
Writ server - bailiff


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
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.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is required.
A college diploma or bachelor's degree in legal studies is usually required.
Sheriffs require experience as a deputy sheriff or bailiff and/or in custodial/escort or security work.
Bailiffs usually require some work experience related to law enforcement as well as knowledge of relevant statutes and laws.
Mandatory provincial training may be required.
Membership in the provincial regulatory body is mandatory in Quebec.


Additional information
Progression to supervisory positions is possible with additional experience and in-house training.
Sheriffs and bailiffs may also serve as court officers (14103), depending on the location and size of the courthouse.


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Probation and parole officers (41311)
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