Bail Commissioner Opportunities

Deadline for applications is June 30, 2022

The State of Maine Judicial Branch is seeking applications from persons interested in being appointed as a Bail Commissioner in Androscoggin County-specifically Lewiston and Auburn and Rumford/Mexico,   Northern and Southern Kennebec County,  Waldo County, Penobscot County, and for the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Washington County. 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, treat all individuals with dignity and respect and be able to quickly absorb and then apply information gathered 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, a college degree is preferred and experience in the field of criminal justice, business, human services or customer service is preferred. Persons, or their close family members or friends who are currently employed by a law firm that handles criminal matters,  a law enforcement agency, a town or county government, a correctional facility or  a regional communication center are generally not eligible to apply.  However, each application will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility.

Since bail commissioners have access to numerous state and national criminal history data bases, 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 or Protection From Harassment Order issued against him or her.  A social media check will also occur. 

Bail commissioners are not state employees but are independent contractors who are  currently compensated from fees paid by the 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 for 5-year terms 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.g.Morin@courts.maine.gov.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2022.

The Maine Judicial Branch follows all Federal and State laws regarding equal opportunity in hiring practices and does not discriminate in the appointment process based on an applicant’s age, gender, ethnic, racial, sexual orientation or gender identity.