Bailiffs, sometimes called enforcement officers, work for the courts enforcing court orders, or for clients or government departments that are owed sums of money.
In England and Wales, county court bailiffs deliver legal documents such as summonses and deal with county court orders, mainly for debt recovery or possession of property. Certificated or private bailiffs work for various clients, and deal with all other kinds of debt recovery, mainly magistrates’ court orders and tax arrears.
Duties might include:
Most bailiffs work 37 hours a week Monday to Saturday. Evening and early morning work is common. Part-time work is possible. Many bailiffs combine this work with other jobs.
Although office-based, bailiffs spend most of their time travelling and visiting debtors. A clean driving licence is essential.
To be a bailiff you should:
In England and Wales, bailiffs are employed by firms of bailiffs or directly by county courts. Self-employment is possible.
Promotion in bailiff firms is possible to senior bailiff, assistant manager and manager. County court bailiffs are civil servants, they can be promoted to bailiff manager.
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