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Most of a bailiff 's workday is spent indoors in a courtroom or in an office building. The bailiff works with many different people, including all the courtroom personnel, not to mention other law enforcement officials, probation officers, court clerks, and so on. A bailiff is seldom alone and must interact with others all day long. Because of the nature of the work, bailiffs are often placed in stressful situations and sometimes even dangerous ones. When not in the courtroom, a bailiff may transport prisoners or jury members to and from the courthouse. Bailiffs are also called on to leave the courtroom to serve papers or to conduct other official court business. Most of the bailiff 's 40- to 45-hour workweek is spent inside the courtroom; the remaining hours are spent serving papers and performing other miscellaneous duties.

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