Cases dealing with large sums of money owed, evictions, or arrest warrants can have a high degree of tension and hostility. Frustrated plaintiffs and defendants can become agitated and unruly when arguing their cases therefore bailiffs are needed to provide a law enforcement presence in the court room. Bailiffs act as a visual deterrence and provide instructions to all persons inside the courtroom. In cases where there is jury trial it is the responsibility of the bailiff to quarantine and instruct the jury panel on rules and procedure.
The bailiffs assigned to the courts in Precinct 5, are deputy constables with full arrest powers. The bailiff in each court carries out the will of the judge and makes sure there is always order and civility inside of the courtroom.
When not assigned to the court, the bailiffs (deputy constables) help out in other areas of the department. Whether helping out the civil division in serving civil process or assisting the warrant division in apprehending fugitives there is always use for the bailiff’s time and assistance. People who come into Precinct 5 don’t always know where to start to begin their first move on starting a process, so it is often that our knowledgeable bailiffs meet with people and answer questions.
Recently there has been some discussion about replacing deputies as bailiffs with civilians. Immediately a number of problems come to mind in having a civilian have to take control over hostile situations involving other civilians. People look to feel safe and protected when they see the badge and uniform of a deputy. A civilian would simply not have the training and would lack the respect of the people to be effective as a bailiff.
People can always feel welcome and safe in the courts at Precinct 5 knowing that Constable Beth Villarreal’s deputies are around to maintain order. So whether you come in to start a legal process or just have a question that you need answered you can rest assured a deputy is always around for help.
Civil Deputy Duties
A civil deputy must have knowledge in several types of Texas criminal law as well as civil law.
The scope of duty includes but is not limited to serving civil citations, writs of garnishment, forcible detainers (evictions), writ of possessions (evictions) as well as child support, civil and criminal subpoenas.
Civil process is an important part of the criminal and civil court process. The documents that are issued by the court often notify the defendant in a case that they are being sued, or that they have a court date to attend. Without this step in the process the wheels of justice would stop.
Constable Pct. 5 prides its self on keeping the Plaintiff updated on the status of their process as well as a fast turn around time. Many of the process issued to Constable Pct. 5 from the time the paper is received in the office to the time the process is in the hands of the defendant is less then a week.
Civil deputies at Constable Pct 5 are some of the best trained in their field with over 100 years of combined knowledge in civil law and service of process. The deputies are certified every two years at state civil process schools with new law updates so that they are always proficient in the current practices of executing all civil process.
The training and professional manner the deputies carry themselves sets Constable Pct. 5 apart from private process servers. When the Plaintiff uses private process servers it is difficult to know who you are using as well as their reputation. In order for the plaintiff’s case to move forward in court there can be no doubt that process was received by the defendant. You can be assured all process received and delivered by Constable Pct. 5 will be served to the right person and your case will move forward.
With knowledge and training deputies at Constable Pct. 5 are the best people to call upon when you need your civil process delivered in Dallas County. The deputies at Constable Pct. 5 have an excellent working relationship with the people in the community which helps then locate a defendant, those people include, apartment managers, local attorneys, Dallas County Jail staff, all hospitals in Dallas County and many others.
With the resources of one of the largest counties in Texas Constable Pct. 5 is the premier department to use for all your civil process needs.
Warrants Division Duties
Pct. 5 Warrant Deputies execute a variety of warrants. A warrant deputy must have a vast knowledge of Texas Criminal and Civil Law. Warrant Deputies at Pct. 5 execute Writs of Attachments, Misdemeanor Warrants, Felony Warrants, Truancy Warrants, and Mental Illness/ Chemical Dependency Warrants.
The execution of warrants by our deputies is vital to the citizens of Dallas County. Our warrant deputies work in conjunction with the Attorney General’s Office in the execution of warrants that are issued by the court for the non payment of child support. They also assist Child Protective Services in the execution of attachments. In some instances Child Protective Services requests the court to issue attachments to remove children out of a home which may be under investigation or have completed an investigation.
Our warrant deputies also work in conjunction with the Dallas Independent School District in the execution of truancy warrants. Precinct 5’s Truancy division main focus is the execution of truancy warrants and truancy court notices.
We also partner with other local law enforcement agencies in the execution of criminal warrants. These warrants range from Class C to felony warrants. Precinct 5 also enforces the execution of Mental Illness and Chemical Dependency warrants. We currently have two certified warrant deputies trained in Mental Health. This allows them to make assessments of the individual in order to determine if there is a need for emergency medical attention.
Writs Process Duties
The Writ Division is composed of Writ of Sequestration, Writ of Execution, Writ of Possession, and Turn over orders. All Writs or Court orders are received from several locations, i.e. JP courts, District courts even Federal courts. When an order is received in our office they are time stamped, assigned an office number then placed on the computer, finally being placed in our Writ location. Each court paper is labeled and separated in its own category (sequestration, execution, turnover, writ of possession).
All executions are determined to be 30, 60, or 90 day expiration. The history is then checked for persons, D.B.A or Corporations. Writ of Sequestrations are considered rush papers (items to recover immediately and removed quickly). Plaintiffs are notified of the status of their order or progress or if further information is needed. This is not a job for everyone, but does have its reward. Our results are based on the efforts, dedication and research conducted by our writ officers as well as their knowledge of the Law pertaining to Writs and ability to communicate with people.
This job takes years to perfect, but with constant training and up to date classes on current laws, we are able to perform these duties through effectiveness and proficiency.