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§ 125. Office of secretary-bailiff--Creation--Appointment--Compensation and salary--Number--Ret...

Oklahoma Statutes AnnotatedTitle 20. CourtsEffective: July 1, 2022

Oklahoma Statutes Annotated
Title 20. Courts (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 4. District Courts (Refs & Annos)
Effective: July 1, 2022
20 Okl.St.Ann. § 125
§ 125. Office of secretary-bailiff--Creation--Appointment--Compensation and salary--Number--Retirement and other benefits--CLEET-certified
A. In all counties of the state there is created the office of secretary-bailiff for district judges and associate district judges, with each such secretary-bailiff to be appointed by order of the district judge or associate district judge to serve at the will of the appointing judge as an unclassified employee of the state exempt from the provisions of the Oklahoma Merit System of Personnel Administration. The Chief Justice shall approve by administrative directive the number and assignments of secretary-bailiffs in all counties of the state. Each secretary-bailiff shall be paid a salary pursuant to the salary schedule established by the annual appropriation for the district courts and in accordance with the job description for the position to which appointed. For fiscal year 2023 and each fiscal year thereafter, each secretary-bailiff shall receive an annual salary of Forty-two Thousand Dollars ($42,000.00). In every county of the state each district judge and each associate district judge may by order appoint additional necessary court personnel subject to the approval of the Chief Justice. A part-time bailiff shall be paid out of the court fund of the county where appointed at the rate set by administrative directive for each hour that such person actually attends the court and performs services, or a pro rata fraction thereof for less than an hour of service. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each district judge and associate district judge may contract with the sheriff of the county to allow a deputy sheriff to provide bailiff service to the court.
B. With the approval of the presiding judge, a special judge may appoint a secretary-bailiff or other personnel in accordance with the administrative order of the Chief Justice.
C. No judge shall engage more than one full-time secretary-bailiff at any given time except only during the progress of a jury trial, when a part-time bailiff may be engaged subject to the approval of the Chief Justice. In the latter event, no more than one additional bailiff shall be engaged to take charge of the jury. The costs of meals and lodging of bailiffs ordered to keep a jury together during the process of a trial or after the jury retires for deliberation shall be lawfully paid from the court fund.
D. A district judge who sits regularly in more than one county may employ only one full-time secretary-bailiff in the judicial district of the judge, and in any other county of the district the judge may engage a bailiff only on a part-time basis when such judge sits in the county as a judge pursuant to the procedures set forth by the Chief Justice in the administrative directive. The cost of the operation of the office of a district judge of a multi-county judicial district, including the purchase of equipment and supplies, may be apportioned among the counties of that judicial district, or appropriate division of that district, based upon the percentage of revenue collected by the courts of the district.
E. The Administrative Director of the Courts shall develop and promulgate job descriptions, salary schedules and time-keeping forms for part-time bailiff personnel. The Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, through the Office of the Administrative Director of the Courts, shall promulgate rules for the compensation for overtime for all secretary-bailiff and part-time bailiff personnel employed.
F. Persons employed by a county that does not meet the requirements of Section 951 of Title 19 of the Oklahoma Statutes, and who serve as full-time secretary-bailiffs or full-time bailiffs shall be eligible to participate in the state retirement system and state insurance programs and any other benefits as are provided to state employees in the unclassified service. All part-time bailiff personnel shall be compensated by the local court fund.
G. On October 1, 1989, the position of full-time bailiff shall be redesignated as the position of secretary-bailiff in accordance with the job descriptions, salary schedules, and procedures approved by the Chief Justice. Additional secretary-bailiff positions shall be created as funding and employee positions are available. Counties shall be allowed to provide additional support personnel to the judges sitting in such counties to the extent that funding is available.
H. Any secretary-bailiff, who is CLEET-certified as a basic peace officer, shall have and exercise all the powers and authority of a peace officer. The Office of the Administrative Director of the Courts shall promulgate rules which prescribe the duties for all CLEET-certified secretary-bailiffs. The provisions of this subsection will not entitle a CLEET-certified secretary-bailiff to participate in the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System.


Laws 1945, p. 91, § 1, emerg. eff. March 7, 1945; Laws 1949, p. 191, § 1, emerg. eff. March 2, 1949; Laws 1953, p. 83, § 1, emerg. eff. April 8, 1953; Laws 1957, p. 125, § 1, emerg. eff. April 23, 1957; Laws 1959, p. 103, § 1, emerg. eff. July 15, 1959; Laws 1965, c. 239, § 1, emerg. eff. June 17, 1965; Laws 1969, c. 219, § 1, emerg. eff. April 21, 1969. Renumbered from Title 19, § 552 and amended by Laws 1971, c. 309, §§ 1, 3, emerg. eff. June 4, 1971. Laws 1974, c. 150, § 1, emerg. eff. May 3, 1974; Laws 1975, c. 8, § 1; Laws 1976, c. 260, § 1, operative July 1, 1976; Laws 1979, c. 230, § 6, eff. July 1, 1979; Laws 1980, c. 280, § 7, eff. July 1, 1980; Laws 1981, c. 240, § 3, eff. July 1, 1981; Laws 1982, c. 362, § 1, emerg. eff. July 14, 1982; Laws 1985, c. 237, § 2, operative Aug. 1, 1985; Laws 1989, c. 275, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1989; Laws 2003, c. 153, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2005, c. 289, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2005; Laws 2022, c. 271, § 2, eff. July 1, 2022.
20 Okl. St. Ann. § 125, OK ST T. 20 § 125
Current with legislation of the Second Regular Session of the 59th Legislature (2024) effective as of July 1, 2024. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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