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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.


Example titles

  • Bailiff
  • Deputy sheriff
  • Sheriff
  • Sheriff's bailiff
  • Sheriff's officer

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.


  • Correctional service officers (43201)
  • Probation and parole officers (41311)
  • Court clerks and related court services occupations (14103)

Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
4 – Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services
3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training
Major group
43 – Assisting occupations in education and in legal and public protection
Sub-major group
432 – Assisting occupations in legal and public protection
Minor group
4320 – Assisting occupations in legal and public protection
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