Responsibilities and Authority of a Judicial Marshal

Responsibilities

A Judicial Marshal is involved in providing for the safety and security of Judges and Justices, court staff, jurors, witnesses, other court participants, and the general public. Deputy Judicial Marshals work in an environment often charged with intense emotion and conflict and must be able to move quickly and effectively from observation of routine activity to direct physical contact and confrontation. Assigned Sergeants provides daily on-site direction. The presiding Judge or Justice provides direction during the course of legal proceedings. Deputy Judicial Marshals provide the first line of defense for the court system when assigned to the duties of entry screening. They must be able to travel and work in different locations within the state with minimal notice. Nights and weekends are also possible.

Authority

According to the Maine Revised Statutes 4 M.R.S. § 17, 15b, Judicial Marshals are sworn law enforcement officers and have the same powers and duties throughout the counties of the state as Sheriffs have in their respective counties. Judicial Marshals can and often do make arrests at the direction of a Judge or Justice and as it becomes necessary to maintain order in all Maine courts.