A Bailiff is appointed under The Grand Court Law (2006 Revision) and the duties are outlined in the Judicature Law.
A Bailiff delivers (serves) legal documents such as writs, Summons, Plaints, Petitions, Orders to Show Cause and other court documents to a defendant or an individual involved in a case. The Bailiff must serve the documents in accordance with the Laws and Rules. This may mean handing the documents to the defendant personally or to some-one in the same household or business.
Once documents are served, the Bailiff must provide proof that they were served. This is done through a document called an Affidavit of Service, which must be sworn before a Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public.
Bailiffs may be authorized by order of the Court to seize, remove and sell a defendant’s possessions in order to pay the money owed to a successful plaintiff who may be a person or an organization such as a bank. Bailiffs may also be authorized to carry out evictions to secure vacant possession of a property ordered to be sold to recover a debt such as a bank loan. This may be done, if necessary, with the help of the Police.
The Bailiff may be contacted by telephoning 1 (345) 244-3848.