Basic functions

The profession of judicial officer has two elements. 

On the one hand, the judicial officer is a public civil servant, appointedby the Crown, who has the care of supporting the execution of the judgment.  In this sense, the judicial officer is involved from the start in a judicial procedure and the execution of the judgment in this procedure. 

But there is more, because on the other hand the judicial officer is a independent entrepreneur.  In this capacity, the judicial officer advises his/her employers, executes legal and collecting missions and can offer support with the whole debt management.  It is advisable to use the services of a judicial officer even before there is any possibility of a judicial procedure.

The judicial officer can give legal advice. They can only appear before the lowest courts (as can other individuals), typically in labour or tenancy agreements or small claims courts. They have the function of arresting ships and real estate as well as moveable property in pursuit of civil claims. They have direct contact with the public, also having the function of serving writs of summons. They are an important group in these areas, being part state employed and part private.

Dr Julian Lonbay
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Revised: 19 August, 2000.
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