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U.S. Marshals Service

U.S. Marshals Service for Students


The United States Marshals Service has a long history of protecting and supporting the United States Federal courts to make sure individuals conducting judicial business are safe and can perform their duties fairly.  

The federal judicial process has procedures that deputy marshals must follow. For example, a court official gives warrants (written orders) directing deputy marshals to:

  • search (a place)
  • seize (take possession)
  • arrest (hold a person for court)
  • execute a judgment (deliver a court’s final decision)

Deputy marshals also:

  • secure (keep safe) all places where federal judicial business is conducted
  • protect judges, jurors, witnesses and other persons whose safety may be threatened (danger of being hurt) because of their duties
  • safely move prisoners to and from court, make sure they are fed, receive medical treatment and are confined (jailed)

The Marshals Service has various programs to help protect everyone involved in the different stages of the judicial process. The larger programs include: is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justice