Legal Careers


Sheriffs are also officials of the court. There is a sheriff for each centre where there is a Court of Queen's Bench. In larger centres, there may also be one or more assistants or deputy sheriffs. Sheriffs help enforce court orders. For example, if a person refuses to pay a court judgment, a sheriff can seize and sell property belonging to that person. Sheriffs also deliver or serve court documents to the people involved in civil court cases, prepare lists of people to sit on juries for jury trials, deliver notices to the people who must attend court for jury selection, and stay with the jury when they leave the court room.

The provincial government hires sheriffs. They must have a minimum of grade 12 education, and although there is no formal training program, most successful applicants have previous experience in law or in law enforcement.