Court Security Officer

Perform security and administrative duties for Judges and juries.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $66,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Court Security Officers do?

Court Security Officers keep the courtroom safe and orderly during court proceedings. Sometimes referred to as a Court Bailiff, a Court Security Officer acts as a secure presence and a person of authority as the court operates, keeping the Judge, jury, and staff free from harm.

At the discretion of the Judge, if you’re the Court Security Officer you may also act as an assistant to the court, delivering messages on the Judge’s behalf. This makes you part Law Enforcement Officer and part Administrative Assistant. When necessary, it’s your job to remove unruly people from the courtroom, and to secure the Judge’s chambers to ensure that uninvited individuals do not enter.

As an escort for the jury, you oversee lunch and travel activities when the jury is sequestered (kept away from outside input during a trial by staying in a hotel). Again, Administrative Assistant duties come into play, as you’re responsible for delivering messages between the jury members and their families or the Judge.

Other general duties include posting case schedules, preparing bond forms, and taking defendants into custody when ordered by the Judge. You may also be responsible for maintaining the overall cleanliness of the courtroom and keeping supplies in stock. All in all, each day presents new stories in the form of cases and new challenges in the form of defendants, and it’s anything but boring!

Should I be a Court Security Officer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Community Services Officer, Court Officer, Deputy Sheriff Court Services

    How to become a Court Security Officer

    Most Court Security Officers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:90caaa&chl=no+college+%2853%25%29|certificate+%2845%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,53,53
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