Bailiffs provide support and security services for the court as well as perform law enforcement responsibilities within the context of the court system.
Each bailiff is responsible for maintaining security in the courtroom and ensuring that appropriate courtroom decorum is maintained. In addition, the bailiff must ensure the safety and security of inmates while in court. Bailiffs will implement as appropriate any orders issued by the judge.
For a jury trial or hearing, the bailiff is responsible for escorting jurors to assigned locations, ensuring that jurors have all necessary materials and supplies, and remaining near the jury without engaging in any conversation related to the case. Any communications between the jury and the judge are handled by the bailiff when the jurors are deliberating.
The Hempstead County Sheriff's Office provides security for the Hempstead County Courthouse. Courthouse Hours of Operation are 8:00 Am – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday excluding recognized holidays.
The Chief Deputy assigns two Courthouse Security deputies one classified as Specialized Police Personnel by the Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training upon completion of a 120 hour auxiliary/reserve officer training course, And one Certified Law Enforcement Officer who has completed the Basic Course at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy. The Courthouse Security Deputy position is a full-time position as approved by the Hempstead County Quorum Court, to provide security on the Courthouse grounds and inside the Courthouse.
Security is also being provided for certain activities occurring in the Courthouse after normal business hours. These include criminal trials, Quorum Court meetings, Early Voting, etc.
All who enter the courthouse are subject screening by way of metal detectors.
Items prohibited from being allowed into the Courthouse are: firearms, knives (no matter what size), metal nail files, screwdrivers, scissors, hammers, razorblades, any form of pepper spray or tear gas or any other object that can be used as a weapon to cause serious physical injury or death to a person and Cell phones are not allowed above the second floor.
Deputy Jerry Crider, Courthouse Security