COURT SERVICES DIVISION
The Bailiff Unit maintains courtroom decorum and protocol providing protection to Judges, Citizens, Staff to the Judges, Clerk of the Court and Court Administration, and Jurors during trials and hearings, while maintaining custody over inmates. With over 10,341 inmates attending trials and hearings, the Bailiffs escort inmates to and from courtrooms, ensure juvenile defendants are processed accordingly, fingerprint individuals as required, and collected 579 DNA samples per Florida Statues for felony offenses in 2016.
The Civil Process Unit carries out the statutory responsibilities for serving civil arrest orders, subpoenas and summonses, injunctions for protection, mental health orders, and execution of writs and completes the Sheriff’s Return of Service. These judicial process documents originate from the courts, governmental agencies and private attorneys in Florida and throughout the United States.
Office personnel enter and maintain injunctions for protection files through the Florida Crime Information Center and our agency computer system. This unit also schedules the sale of found livestock and other properties that may have been seized under a court order. In 2016, the Civil Unit received 21.933 papers for service, a total of 3,418 enforceable writs and 18,515 non-enforceable writs. For the fiscal year 2015 – 2016 the Civil Process Unit collected and forwarded a total of $293,814.90 to the Board of County Commissioner’s the fees for service of process. The fees are collected in accordance with Florida Statute 30.231 and are non-refundable.
The Transportation Unit is comprised of five full-time sworn employees and three part-time sworn employees. The unit utilizes buses, multi-passenger vans, a handicapped van and cars to transport inmates. The unit has the responsibility of transporting inmates to and from other counties, state institutions, medical appointments and court appearances while ensuring the safety and security of the inmates being transported, the transporting officers and the general public. Duties include the transporting of High Risk Inmates such as escape risk or inmates with violent tendencies. In addition, this unit is also responsible for maintaining security during the first appearance hearings at the jail. During 2013, the Transportation Unit transported a total of 12,947 inmates, logging 137,905 miles for the year. In addition, 1,450 inmates were transported under contract services, logging 207,593 miles.