Organization : Ministry of the Attorney General
Facility : How to Become a Baliff
Applicable For : Eighteen years or older
Country : Trinidad & Tobago
Website : http://www.ag.gov.tt/Our-Services/Becoming-a-Baliff
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Attorney General TT Become a Baliff
Bailiffs are persons authorized by law to enforce specific legal remedies or serve court documents against other persons.
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There are (2) classes of Bailiffs: Private and Public. Each class performs separate functions
Functions of a Private Bailiff
Generally, under the Bailiff’s Act, he levies for arrears of rent in arrears and re-posses for a hire purchase debt.
Specifically, under the Income Tax Act, he may act as an authorized person to specifically carry out a distress for arrears of taxes due, on behalf of the Board of Inland Revenue.
Become a Private Bailiff
** You must satisfy the basic requirements set out in the Bailiff Act
** Eighteen years or older;
** Literate (must speak and write English);
** Must pass an interview
** Successfully complete a bailiff training course.
** Sit and pass an examination.
** Produce a certificate of good character from the police service.
The process has FOUR (4) STAGES
Send a written application for training to be a Private Bailiff to the Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Attorney General. Don’t forget to specify your name, address, date of birth and contact information. You are also required to provide two (2) forms of identification and two (2) Reference Letters.
View Bailiff’s Act
STAGE 2- Interviews, Training Session And Exams
Once you meet the requirements in STAGE 1, you will be notified by the Ministry of the Attorney General of the interview dates and times via the daily newspaper. Should you succeed at the interview, you will be informed that you need to participate in a Training Programme. At the end of the Training Programme, you will be required to sit an examination.
You will be rewarded with an interview and training certificate as well an examination certificate.
STAGE 3-Applying To The Registrar
The Registrar of the Supreme Court will invite successful applicants to be licensed as private bailiffs. At this time, you will be required to provide the certificates you earned at STAGE 2 as well as a certificate of good character, a Bond ($5000.00 TT) and a license fee of $500.00.
The Registrar alone has the authority to issue a license.
STAGE 4-Registrar Invites Public Comments
The Registrar of the Supreme Court will then provide the names of successful applicants to the daily newspapers for printing, inviting members of the public to comment on each applicant’s suitability for the post of Private Bailiff. This will be for a period of (14) days.
You are permitted to operate as an auctioneer. You may become an auctioneer once you have obtained a license from the Board of Inland Revenue as required by the Auctioneers Act.
Generally, Bailiffs should act within the confines of the law. For more information please refer to the Bailiff’s Code of Conduct.
Private Baliff Licences
Private Bailiffs must display their Original Licenses to persons when performing their duties. The License must bear a clear image of the Private Bailiff. No other person can use the license of a Private Bailiff.
Licenses are valid for two (2) years. After two (2) years, licenses are renewed by the Registrar of the Supreme Court. The Registrar will advertise the time for renewal, which is every quarter of the calendar year.
Persons whose licenses are about to expire or have expired must submit:
** A License Fee
** A Bond
** Annual Training Certificates
** Certificate of Good Character
Suspensions and Cancellations :
Licenses are suspended and cancelled by the Registrar of the Supreme Court.
The Registrar may suspend or cancel a license on the grounds of:
** Receipt of a complaint from a member of the public
A Private Bailiff who fails to surrender his license commits an offence with the following :
** Using a license which has been suspended or cancelled
** Operating without a license
These offences are punishable by a fine of $5000.00 TT and three years imprisonment.
Complaint against a Private Bailiff
File a written complaint to the Magistrate’s Court of the District in which the act complained of occurred;
Report any unlawful activity to the police
For more information on applying to become a Private Bailiff, you can contact
The Ministry of the Attorney General
23-27 St. Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain
Trinidad and Tobago