Bailiff

A court official, usually a deputy sheriff, who keeps order in the courtroom and handles various errands for the judge and clerk. In some jurisdictions, a person appointed by the court to handle the affairs of an incompetent person or to be a “keeper” of goods or money pending further order of the court. “Bailiff” has its origin in Old French and Middle English for custodian, and in the Middle Ages it was a significant position in the English court system. The word “bailiwick” originally meant the jurisdictional territory of a bailiff.

In the modern courtroom attorneys make it their business to be friendly with the bailiff because of the influence the bailiff has over the general tenor of the courtroom.

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