Bailiff

Dictionary: 
Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

In a general sense, a person to whom some authority, care, guardianship or jurisdiction is delivered, committed or intrusted; one who is deputed or appointed to take charge of another's affairs; an overseer or superintendent; a keeper, protector or guardian; a steward. Spelman. A sheriff's officer or deputy. 1 Bl. Comm. 344. A magistrate, who formerly administered Justice in the parliaments or courts of France, answering to the English sheriffs as mentioned by Bracton. In the action of account render. A person who has by delivery the custody and administration of lands or goods for the benefit of the owner or bailor, and ls liable to render an account thereof. Co. Litt. 271; Story, Eq. Jur. § 446; West v. Weyer, 46 Ohio St. 66, 18 N. E. 537, 15 Am. St. Rep. 552. A bailiff is defined to be "a servant that has the administration and charge of lands, goods, and chattels, to make the best benefit for the owner, against whom an action of account lies, for the profits which he has raised or made, or might by his industry or care have raised or made." Barnum v. London, 25 Conn. 149. -Bailiff-errant. A bailiff's deputy.
—Bailiffs of franchises. In English law. Officers who perform the duties of sheriffs within liberties or privileged jurisdictions, in which formerly the king's writ could not be executed by the sheriff. Spelman
—Bailiff ed at the request of a party to a suit, for the special purpose of serving or executing some writ or process in such suit.

Author: 
Henry Campbell Black, M.A.
Publisher: 
West Publishing Company
Year Published: 
1910
Genre: 
Law Dictionary