Bail Commissioner Opportunities
The State of Maine Judicial Branch is accepting applications from persons interested in being appointed as a Bail Commissioner in Southern Kennebec, Cumberland and Androscoggin Counties.
These positions require that the successful applicant be available on an "on-call basis" days, nights, weekends and holidays to travel at their own expense to local police departments and county jails to set bail and execute bail bonds in accordance with the provisions of the Maine Bail Code. Successful applicants must be able to work independently, remain neutral, treat all individuals with respect and dignity and be able to quickly absorb and then apply information gathered in order to make an appropriate decision concerning bail and bail conditions.
Attention to detail, the ability to strictly maintain confidentiality, follow Court requirements concerning the handing of cash and to adhere to the provisions of the Maine Bail Code and the Maine and US Constitution are vital.
A high school diploma is required and experience in the field of criminal justice, business, human services or customer service is preferred.
Individuals who are currently employed by a law enforcement agency, town or county government, prosecutor's office, correctional facility or regional communication center, or by a law firm that handles criminal matters, are not eligible to apply. Individuals that have close family members or friends who are currently employed by a law enforcement agency, town or county government, prosecutor's office, correctional facility or regional communication center, or by a law firm that handles criminal matters, are also not eligible to apply.
Since bail commissioners have access to confidential state and national criminal history information, the successful applicant must pass a fingerprint based criminal history background check, a motor vehicle background check and not have had a Protection From Abuse Order or Protection From Harassment Order issued against him or her.
Bail commissioners are not State of Maine employees but are independent contractors who are compensated from fees paid by defendants. Bail commissioners are required to perform some duties without compensation and must be willing to accept this requirement as a condition of appointment. Bail commissioners who successfully complete the pre-appointment training are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Chief Judge of the Maine District Court.
Persons who are interested in a possible appointment should submit an email requesting a bail commissioner application to Karen Morin at Karen.g.Morin@courts.maine.gov. The deadline for inquiries is January 6, 2021.
The Maine Judicial Branch is an equal opportunity employer.