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Sheriff Officer or Messenger-at-Arms

Sheriff officer talking with someone at the front door

Sheriff officers enforce court orders from regional civil courts. Messengers-at-arms enforce the orders of the supreme civil court, the Court of Session.

They have the authority to enforce entry to premises and to enforce seizure of goods.

The Work

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Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for trainee sheriff officers are around £19,000 a year. Salaries for qualified sheriff officers and messengers-at-arms can range from around £26,000 to £40,000 a year.

Conditions

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
17320
0.8 %
RISE
2029
17457
  United Kingdom
2024
247724
4.2 %
RISE
2029
258059

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What Does it Take?

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You should have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Scotland is geographically divided into six sheriffdoms and 39 local sheriff court districts.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Tel: 0131 248 1817
E-mail: recruitment@scotcourts.gov.uk
Website: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk
Website (2): https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/about-the-scottish-court-service/recruitment
Twitter: @SCTScourtstribs

The SCTS also has a LinkedIn profile page - www.linkedin.com/company/47437

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Website: https://skillsforjustice.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skills_Justice

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.

Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers (SMASO)
Tel: 0131 292 0321
E-mail: admin@smaso.org.uk
Website: https://smaso.org.uk/

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