Bailiff in the United Kingdom are relatively recent term. A bailiff is usually a bailiff, an overseer, manager, or legal representative; someone who has some degree of legal authority. Bailiff are generally of different types and their positions and responsibilities vary widely. However, some common characteristics of bailiff include:
The first bailiff that comes to a debtor’s rescue is often a private individual acting under the authority of a bailiff, a constable or a lord or lady. However, there are certain establishments such as hospitals, schools, stores, and other establishments like the Post Office that may have bailiff as part of their regular staff. This is often the case with bank branches as well. The bailiff will either have special legal powers to seize goods or property or they may be employed by the court system to levy money owed to the court system.
In order to work as a bailiff, one must be registered and liable. A bailiff can also be self-regulating, which means he/she must operate according to a code of conduct specified by the county. Usually, bailiff have the same profession and practice of their forefathers, i.e., to collect debts from people for whom they act as agents. This allows them to receive a fixed amount (usually a percentage of the outstanding debt) for acting on behalf of the creditor.
There are three levels of the bailiff, the deputy, the recorder and the super-bailiff. The deputy is the lowest ranked of the three and is responsible for day-to-day administration of the bailiff in the counties that he/she is responsible for. A deputy may be appointed to a post for a specific period of time and the longest that he/she may serve is usually five years. Super bailiff are empowered to arrest, remanding in custody, and to execute many other legal duties that are higher up the ranks.
All bailiff have powers of entry and removal, but most also have other important powers. An England & Wales water bailiff have the authority to enter premises and remove goods that have been ordered removed by a court. He may also enter private land or premises to seize goods that have been ordered removed in contravention of the law and to ensure that all conditions of the court are met.
A bailiff’s duties depend upon his status as an officer of the court and are classified as bailiff officers, bailiff’ inspector, and bailiff constables. Super bailiff have more extensive powers of duty than any other type of bailiff and are ranked as being in the highest paid occupations in England & Wales. These include: super-bailiff, court officer, recorder, deputy sheriff, water bailiff, forest bailiff, court clerk, justice of the peace, town officer, public servant, treasurer, court representative, bail enforcement agent, and police officer.