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1. Law.

An officer or agent with limited legal powers to take goods in settlement of debts.

COVID-19 and personal debt
"Central and local governments in England and Wales should temporarily suspend all use of bailiffs (enforcement agents) to collect debts, and should pause other collection activity for people impacted by the pandemic."
UK Money Advice Trust - March 2020.

2. Law.

Depending on the jurisdiction, different types of bailiff undertake other responsibilities supporting the courts and other legal activities.

See also