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 Chief, 1 Captain, 1 Lieutenant, 3 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.

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.

Social Media Posting Policy:

Thank you for following the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on social media! We welcome you to share your thoughts and feedback with us, and we ask that you please be responsible and courteous in your comments and replies. We reserve the right to hide/remove any comments or ban any users who violate our policy. Comments that contain obscene, indecent, or profane language; contain threats or defamatory statements; are bullying, intimidating, or harassing any user; contain personal attacks; contain hate speech; promote or endorse services or products; suggest or encourage illegal activity; are multiple, repetitive off-topic posts by a single user (spam); are not topically related to the particular posting; violate a legal ownership interest of any other party; or imbed links to other Internet sites may be hidden/removed. Users who violate this policy may be banned.

Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.