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What Is A Bailiff?


The essence of bailiff law goes back to the 11th Century and the folklore surrounding Robin Hood. The fictional Sheriff of Nottingham was the predecessor of today’s bailiff. He was the overseer, put in charge of the assets belonging to a noble or lord, and exercised power and authority on the noble's behalf.

The word “sheriff” comes from “shire reeve” (a person who patrolled and enforced laws in a Medieval shire), and the word “bailiff” comes from the Latin word for manager or administrator.

In Ontario

Bailiffs, also known as Recovery Agents, are the only legal entities in Ontario authorized to 1.) seize the goods and assets of a third party to secure collateral registered within the Ontario Personal Property Security Registration system; and 2.) Act on behalf of commercial landlords whose tenants have breached their lease agreements.

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