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Court Bailiff Services

Bailiff C. Barnec assisting a juror with a quesiton
Bailiff C. Barnec assisting a juror

Sutter County Sheriff’s Office provides bailiff staffing and services for the Sutter County Superior Court. Bailiffs provide support and security services for the court as well as perform law enforcement responsibilities within the context of the court system.

A bailiff is assigned to a specific Sutter County Superior Court judge and courtroom. Each bailiff is responsible for maintaining security in the courtroom and ensuring that appropriate courtroom decorum is maintained. In addition, the bailiff must ensure the safety and security of inmates while in court. Bailiffs will implement as appropriate any orders issued by the judge.

When instructed by the judge, a bailiff officially opens and closes the court for the State of California. As the judge enters the courtroom, the bailiff will declare the entry of the judge and will also announce the courtroom rules that must be followed.

For a jury trial or hearing, the bailiff is responsible for escorting jurors to assigned locations, ensuring that jurors have all necessary materials and supplies, and remaining near the jury without engaging in any conversation related to the case. Any communications between the jury and the judge are handled by the bailiff when the jurors are deliberating.

In Sutter County, bailiffs are selected primarily from the ranks of correctional officers in the Jail Division of the Sheriff’s Office. Bailiffs work during normal court hours which are weekdays from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.