Definition of BAILIFF


BAILIFF

office. Magistrates who for merly administered justice in the
parliaments or courts of France, answering to the English sheriffs as
mentioned by Bracton. There are still bailiffs of particular towns in
England as the bailiff of Dover Castle, &c., otherwise bailiffs are now
only officers or stewards, &c. as Bailiffs of liberties, appointed by every
lord within his liberty, to serve writs, &c. Bailiff errent or itenerant,
appointed to go about the country for the same purpose. Sheriff s bailies,
sheriffs officers to execute writs, these are also called bound bailiffs
because they are usually bound in a bond to the sheriff for the due
exeecution of their office. Bailiffs of court baron, to summon the court,
&c. Bailffs of hushandry, appointed by private persons to collect their
rents and manage their estates. Water bailiffs, officers in port towns for
searching ships, gathering tolls, &c. Bac. Ab. h. t.


Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition

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