Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Sheriff Definition:

Individuals empowered to ensure the security of courthouses generally and courtrooms especially, to keep prisoners secure whilst in the courthouse, to secure jurors during trials and to assist in the execution of court orders.

Related Terms: Bailiff, Warrant

In R. v. Gillespie, Justice Philp of the Manitoba Court of Appeal used these words, at ¶30:

"... the principal duties of a sheriff include ensuring security in courthouses and other government buildings, keeping of prisoners in safe custody, summoning jurors for sittings of the Court of Queen’s Bench, the execution of orders of the court and the conduct of judicial and statutory seizures and sales, a law enforcement role as a peace officer ... and such other matters as may be required by the court ... in the exercise of its jurisdiction."

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