Bailiff Unit

Bailiff opening jail cell.The Bailiff Unit is unique in many ways.  The unit strives to provide a high degree of courteous and professional law enforcement services to all persons involved in the judicial system and general public visiting the courthouse in Leon County.

The Bailiff Unit has 1 Major, 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 2 Sergeants, and 31 Deputies assigned.

Unit responsibilities:

  • Safety and security of all Judges, Constitutional officers and participants within the courthouse and the Thomasville Road annex
  • Safety and security of all inmate transports to and from the jail and all other jurisdictions, as directed by the courts
  • Safety and security for jurors and sequestered juries
  • Fingerprint, DNA swabs,  and service civil and criminal court process.


  • Courthouse and Thomasville Road annex contain 19 Courtrooms and 6 Hearing rooms
  • 22,000 visitors a month go through the security check points
  • Over 200 items of contraband are seized monthly
  • Over 500 inmates are transported to and from the courthouse monthly
  • Over 40 arrests are made within the courthouse monthly
  • Daily service calls vary from probation warrants and vehicle crashes to domestic disputes.
The Bailiff and Transport units have implemented additional security plans designed to increase the overall security of the courthouse and Thomasville Road annex.

Courthouse Rules:

All visitors to the courthouse must go through a screening process.  We recommend that you arrive early for court so that you have time to go through this process.  Please remember that no weapons are allowed; even common pocket knives, scissors, etc., so please leave these items in your vehicle or they will be seized.

Courtroom Policy:

No food or drinks.

Turn off all cell phones and pagers or they will be seized.

Quiet must be observed while the judge is speaking or court is in sessions.  (Violators will be asked to leave)

No bare midriffs, tank top, or suggestive clothing.

No verbal or non-verbal communication or physical contact with prisoners.  Violators are subject to arrest per F.S. 944.39.

No young children are allowed in any court room other than dependency court.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.