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tipstaff

a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court, or, as in Ireland, looking after the judge's requirements in the course of the day.

TIPSTAFF. An officer appointed by the marshal of the court of king's bench, to attend upon the judges with a kind of a rod or staff tipped with silver.
     2. In the United States, the courts sometimes appoint an officer who is known by this name, whose duty it is to wait on the court and serve its process.

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the salaries of Associates and to abolish Tipstaffs.
of Tipstaff was to be abolished and that the salaries of Associates were
The Government did 'not consider that the interests of the community would be served by the abolition of Associates or Tipstaffs', (88) so each Judge would retain their usual one Associate and one Tipstaff.
25) The travelling costs for the Court's pending visit to Brisbane in late May would be provided but limited to support the provision of one associate and one tipstaff for the full Court rather than the usual three associates and three tipstaves.
More intractable was the problem of officers such as notaries, attorneys, tipstaffs -- and auctioneers.