What is bail?

There is no bail in Family Court. Kids charged with a juvenile delinquency case are either held in detention or allowed to go home with their parents without paying any money. In adult court, BAIL is cash money or a bond paid to make sure that a person charged with a crime returns to court for his or her next scheduled court date. A BOND is like insurance that another person pays on behalf of the person charged with a crime. The amount of money that the person arrested must pay as bail depends on the type of crime committed, whether the person arrested has ever been in trouble with the law before and whether he might run away to another place or hide to avoid going to court. If the person charged with breaking the law can't pay the money for bail that the judge sets and can't find someone to put up a bond for him or her, then he or she must stay in jail until the next court date.