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Sheriff Officer or Messenger-at-Arms

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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

You could be:

Pay

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

The starting salaries for trainee sheriff officers are about £15,000 to £16,000 a year. Salaries for qualified sheriff officers are around £26,000 a year and for qualified messengers-at-arms around £28,000 a year. You may also earn a performance bonus.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
2657
1.1 %
RISE
2023
2687
  United Kingdom
2018
31055
1.7 %
RISE
2023
31586

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

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 444 3300
E-mail: enquiries@scotcourts.gov.uk
Website: http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk
Twitter: @SCTScourtstribs

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Website: http://www.sfjuk.com/
Twitter: @Skills_Justice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforjustice

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.ednet.co.uk
Website: http://www.smaso.org/

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