Court Bailiff’s Section is made up of approximately 28 deputies.
The bailiff is responsible for maintaining security in the
courtroom which consists of standing by the judge’s side while court is
in session, maintaining a secure and orderly courtroom environment while
the judge is on the bench and confirming that there are no potential
weapons accessible to a defendant in the courtroom.
They also provide assistance to the judges such as confirming that
there is a parking space awaiting the judge on his or her arrival, meeting
with the judge before court to assist with any books, briefcases, robe,
etc…, making sure that the gavel, a pitcher of fresh water and a glass
(plastic) cup are on the bench.
Upon request, they are to assist the judge with room reservations,
and inform him or her of any benefits or undesirable features of various
lodging and eating places.
the occasion arises they are to inform the judge of any unusual
circumstances of which the bailiff is aware, such as inclement incoming
weather, natural disasters or catastrophes.
Bailiffs are required to pay attention to every order given by the
judge and implement them as appropriate.
The Bailiffs are also responsible for the safety
and security of inmates while in the court.
When a Jury is required for a trial or hearing, the bailiff
is responsible to escort jurors to the allocated locations, make sure they
have all the supplies/materials that they need, and is to remain near the
jury in the courtroom without engaging in any type of conversation related
to the case. They are
responsible for relaying vital communications between the jury and the
judge when they are in the jury room.
The bailiff is responsible for officially opening and closing court
for the State of
when the judge instructs them to do so.
paperwork is also handled by the bailiffs when an inmate has court
appearances. They are to pick
up the paperwork from the jail on the morning that an inmate is scheduled
for court, transport it to the clerk in the designated court room for
modifications or continuations. It
is then taken into the holding cell and recorded into a log book and
transported back over to the jail for the clerical staff to enter into
In 2005, the New Hanover County Courthouse
implemented the use of audio and video transmission between the
courtroom and defendants currently in the New Hanover County Jail for
the purpose of conducting first appearances and arraignments. The
use of this audio and video equipment increases security by reducing the
number of inmates transported from the New Hanover County Jail to the
Courthouse each day.
morning and afternoon, the bailiffs conduct an official flag
raising/lowering ceremony with 2 deputies assigned this task.
Bailiffs are often requested to assist Judicial Building employees
in transporting defendant records to and from the courtroom to the
clerk’s office, assisting with mental commitment hearings,
transporting juveniles to and from the Juvenile Service Center to
the Office of Juvenile Justice Building for court hearings,
DNA Testing, retrieving
extra court paperwork and other forms from the Detention Facility upon
request. The bailiffs work
very closely with the Clerk’s Offices, the District Attorney’s Offices
and the Judge’s Office. Bailiffs
are readily available to answer questions the public may have while
visiting the courthouse.