Bail Commissioner Opportunities

The State of Maine Judicial Branch is seeking applications from persons interested in being appointed as a Bail Commissioner in Kennebec County.

Required duties:

  • availability on an on-call basis days, nights, weekends, and holidays
  • have the ability to travel, at personal expense, to his or her local police departments, as well as county jail, to set bail and execute bail bonds in compliance with the Maine Bail Code

Qualities desired:

  • ability to work independently
  • treat all individuals with dignity and respect quickly absorb and apply information
  • make appropriate decisions regarding bail amount and bail conditions comply with to strict confidentiality rules
  • follow Court policies regarding the handling of bail money
  • adhere to Maine Bail Code, as well as the Maine and US Constitutions

Requirements for the position:

  • High School diploma, college degree preferred
  • Experience in the field of law, criminal justice, business, human services, or customer service is preferable

NOTE: Persons who themselves or their family members are currently employed by a criminal defense law firm, law enforcement agency, correctional facility, regional communication center, and some government agencies are typically not eligible to apply, however each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case to determine eligibility

If selected for this position, the successful applicant must pass a fingerprint-based criminal history background check, a motor vehicle background check, and not have had a protection order issued against him or her. A social media check will also occur.

Bail Commissioners are not State employees, but rather independent contractors who are compensated from fees paid by the defendants for whom bail has to be set. Bail Commissioners are required by law to perform some of their duties without compensation.

Successful Bail Commissioner applicants must complete a one-day in-person training, as well as job shadow sessions and online security training.

Application process: Please send an email to requesting bail commissioner application materials.