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The Shasta County Marshal's Office is the law enforcement arm of the Superior Court.

It is our mission to provide a safe environment for all court proceedings; to protect the dignity of court proceedings; to provide a safe and secure building for all who enter; and to enforce court orders, including warrants of arrest.

It is our mission to provide safe, secure and timely transportation for incarcerated defendants to and from the courts.

It is our mission to provide prompt, efficient and impartial service to the courts and the citizens of Shasta County; and to assist other law enforcement agencies as needed.


Main Courthouse, 1500 Court Street, Room 206, Redding CA 96001 -  Map
Office Hours:8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(530) 245-5600


Message From the Marshal

Hello, and welcome to the official website of the Shasta County Marshal's Office. I'm sure you will find this site useful as you explore the pages we have set up.

The Shasta County Marshal's Office functions as the law enforcement arm of the Superior Court of California, County of Shasta. My deputies provide bailiff services to the judges, serve warrants of arrest, provide building security and perform general law enforcement duties within the county. We are full California peace officers, having the same statewide authority as city police officers and county deputy sheriffs, as defined by section 830.1 of the California Penal Code.

Employees of the Marshal's Office work Monday through Friday, with weekends and most holidays off. This is a very family friendly schedule, as there is neither swing nor graveyard shifts. Hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with some minor variations. Many of the deputies and non-sworn employees sought employment with this office due to the stable schedule, the indoor work environment and the chance to work within the court system. For information on joining our team, please visit the Human Resources page of the Superior Court of California, County of Shasta website.

Joel Northrup, Marshal

Core Values
  • Service - We will provide law enforcement service to the courts and the community with impartiality and enthusiasm.
  • Integrity - We will be honest, ethical and at all times above reproach. We will be held accountable for our actions, both good and bad.
  • Excellence - We are the best at what we do. We are considered leaders and models in the area of court security and we shall always strive to be innovative in our field and to exceed the expectations of those we serve.
  • Respect - We will respect all individuals. We will recognize the dignity of all persons and celebrate diversity, and will provide fair and equal treatment to all.
  • Commitment - We are committed to the Superior Court and to the community we serve. We will show this commitment by fair, impartial and vigorous delivery of law enforcement services to all.
  • Honor - We are honorable professionals engaged in an honorable profession. We will uphold that honor in all we do by adhering to these Core Values as well as the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics and generally recognized standards of conduct.

Joel Northrup, Marshal

Administrative Services

The Administrative Services Division, commanded by a Sergeant, is responsible for assuring that members of the Marshal's Office adhere to California P.O.S.T. (the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training) mandated training, investigating citizen complaints or concerns, conducting background investigations on prospective employees, gathering statistics and overseeing priority projects. The Administrative Sergeant also serves as a liaison between the Marshal's Office and other state and local agencies, such as the California Department of Justice, the California Board of Corrections and others.

Court Security

The Court Security Division, commanded by a Sergeant, is the largest division in the Marshal's Office. The Superior Court of California, County of Shasta currently has 11 full time courtrooms, which handle cases from criminal to civil. The Marshal's Office provides bailiff services for all courtrooms in Shasta County, as well as judicial protection for all bench officers (judges and court commissioners). Maintaining the peace and assuring an orderly courtroom for all persons is a core duty of each of the deputies assigned to this division. Deputies may also assist in perimeter security, warrant service and any other duties that may come up.

Perimeter Security

The Perimeter Security Division of the Shasta County Marshal's Office consists mainly of the airport style weapon screening station located at the front entrance of the courthouse. All citizens who have business within the courthouse must enter through this system, which is designed to detect weapons and contraband. The weapon screening station was made operative in July of 1999, when an order was signed by the presiding judge mandating that all persons who enter the courthouse must come through the front entrance and be screened for weapons. The screening is considered an administrative search; as such, any person may refuse to be screened. However, any person who does refuse to submit to the screening process will be denied admittance to the courthouse. The court order, which put weapon screening into place, was amended in September of 2001 to further specify that all persons exiting the courthouse must do so through the front entrance except during an emergency. A copy of this order is posted at the front entrance of the courthouse.

Deputies assigned to this division also patrol the area immediately outside of the courthouse as well as the interior hallways. Public Safety Service Officers, who are non-sworn uniformed employees, operate the x-ray machine and provide dispatch services.


The Shasta County Marshal's Office provides transportation of inmates from the Shasta County Jail to the main courthouse for arraignments, preliminary hearings, trials and other court related functions. Juvenile inmates who are tried as adults are also transported from Juvenile Hall to the main courthouse as needed. Occasionally, this office will transport inmates from another county to the Shasta County courthouse, if the inmate has judicial business here that cannot wait until his or her release from custody.

The transportation of inmates by the Shasta County Marshal's Office is done through an agreement with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, who has ultimate authority over and responsibility for all adult inmates in the county. This agreement, unique among counties, allows for seamless transportation of inmates from jail cell to courtroom, leaving deputies of the Sheriff's Office free to perform other essential duties.

Volunteer Program

The Shasta County Marshal’s Volunteer Program (MVP) was started in 2008. The Marshal’s Office Volunteer Services Division exists as a way to help citizens assist their community by serving in the Marshal’s Office and Superior Court.

The following is a list of some volunteer activities:

  • Assistance at the Weapon Screening Stations located throughout the Court facilities.
  • Provide general information to the public entering and using Court facilities.
  • General office Assistance - data entry, filing.
  • Warrants - filing, records and research.
  • Records - compile statistics and assist in data entry.
  • Public Relations - conduct departmental and Court tours for interested community members.


For more information on the Marshal’s Office Volunteer Program please contact:
Laura Russell
Volunteer Coordinator
1500 Court Street #206
Redding CA 96001
(530) 225-5600


Warrant Service

The Shasta County Marshal's Office has a proud tradition of serving warrants of arrest issued by the courts. Several times a week, deputies will go into the community and seek out those persons who have failed to appear in court, failed to pay their fine, failed to complete court ordered programs or otherwise did not take care of their court business. These persons, when found, are either handcuffed and taken to jail or issued a citation with a new court date, depending on the circumstances. The violations involved can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Violators run the gamut from the person who has had very little law enforcement contact to hard core criminals with multiple and often violent felonies in their past history.

This assignment is viewed by many deputies as very desirable, giving them a chance to go into the community and perform a needed service. While out serving warrants, deputies may also stop traffic violators and issue citations. They may also assist other law enforcement agencies with traffic control, evacuations, search and rescue as well as other general duties as needed.

General Law Enforcement

In addition to court security, perimeter security and warrant service, deputies of the Shasta County Marshal's Office also perform general law enforcement duties. While deputies do not respond as primary officers to calls for service outside of the courthouse, they do respond as back up to other law enforcement agencies on an as-needed basis. Deputies also enforce traffic laws by issuing citations to motorists for violations of the California Vehicle Code, arresting impaired drivers and serving as a deterrent to reckless driving by their visibility on the roadways. As California peace officers with statewide authority, deputies also make arrests for violations of law committed in their presence.

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History and Functions

In the late 1800's many cities in the western United States had a city Marshal, who was a contemporary police officer for the city. The most famous of these, of course, was Wyatt Earp before he became a United States Marshal.

The city Marshal was responsible for keeping the peace within the city limits. Outside of the city limits, that duty fell to the county Sheriff, much as it is today.

The Constable has been a fixture throughout history, from feudal times to the establishment of the original 13 colonies in America. In Shasta County, the Constable had always been a part of the Justice Courts, acting as bailiff, process server, investigator and general peacekeeper. On January first, 1989, the Marshal's Office and the Constable's Office consolidated services, becoming the Shasta County Marshal's Office.

Prior to 1993, the Sheriff's Office provided court security for the Superior Court and the Marshal's Office provided it for the Municipal Courts. Both agencies served civil papers, resulting in a duplication of effort. In January of 1993, legislation forever changed that separation, providing a consolidation of court security services. Which of the two offices (Marshal or Sheriff) would be consolidated was left up to a majority vote of the judges. The judges in Shasta County voted to have the Marshal's Office provide all security services in all courtrooms. The service of all civil process was also given to the Marshal.

In 1998, the voters approved Proposition 220, which allowed for individual counties to consolidate their Municipal and Superior Court operations. To do so, a majority of the judges of each county would have to vote to consolidate. All 58 counties did so, effectively abolishing all Municipal courts in favor of Superior Courts. The California Constitution was subsequently amended, deleting all reference to Municipal courts. So today all trial courts in the state are Superior Courts.

In 1997 the Lockyer-Isenberg Trial Court Funding Act was introduced. This act provided for the state of California to directly fund all of the trial courts. A large portion of this act related to court security issues and proposed that all Marshal's Offices be abolished and their duties taken over by the Sheriff in each county. This issue, however, was left to each locality to decide.

In Shasta County the decision was made to leave court security functions with the Marshal's Office, so the proposed merger did not occur here. Other large agencies, such as Orange County and San Diego, did merge with their respective Sheriff's Offices.

Today, there are only 3 Marshals offices left in the state- Shasta County, Trinity County and San Benito County. Of the 3, Shasta County is the largest with 30 authorized employees, all of whom are now employees of the Superior Court. In the year 2000, employees of the court system became court employees whereas before they had been county employees. This included the Marshal and all sworn deputies. The other two counties that retained a Marshal's Office did not follow suit with their sworn law enforcement officers, continuing their status as county employees.

It is the first time that the trial courts in California have directly employed peace officers. As a side note, the Superior Courts recently purchased 2 surplus vehicles from the Redding Police Department and outfitted them as emergency vehicles. This is also the first time in the history of the state of California that local trial courts have owned true emergency vehicles. In the past the county owned the emergency vehicles, as well as employing the personnel.

The Superior Court and the Marshal's Office are navigating uncharted waters and at the same time making history.

Today, the Marshal's Office provides a myriad of services to the community:

  • We are responsible for security in all of the courtrooms in the county, as well as the courthouse itself.
  • We provide judicial protection for the bench officers.
  • We serve warrants of arrest, taking criminals to jail.
  • As fully sworn law enforcement officers, we also perform general law enforcement duties within the county, such as traffic enforcement and assistance to other agencies as needed.
  • Perhaps the most visible and familiar role we play is screening for weapons at the front door of the courthouse. If you have to come to the courthouse for any reason, you must first pass through an airport style weapon screening station. This includes jurors in criminal or civil trials, attorneys, police officers and members of the general public.

The Marshal and all Deputy Marshal's have the same peace officer authority as city Police Officers and Deputy Sheriff's. This authority is derived from California Penal Code section 830.1. A recent legislative change to that section, spearheaded by members of this office, replaced the word "municipal" with "superior" in reference to the courts and added the word "county" so as to more accurately reflect the current situation with the remaining Marshal's Offices.

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