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Also called: Bailiff, Court Officer, Court Security Officer, Deputy Sheriff

What they do:
Maintain order in courts of law.
On the job, you would:
  • Screen persons entering courthouse using magnetometers, x-ray machines, and other devices to collect and retain unauthorized firearms and other contraband.
  • Provide security by patrolling interior and exterior of courthouse and escorting judges and other court employees.
  • Enforce courtroom rules of behavior and warn persons not to smoke or disturb court procedure.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • law and government
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Attention to Detail
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Case management system software
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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