transitive verb. 1. : to temporarily release (a prisoner) in exchange for security (see security sense 2a) given for appearance at a later hearing : to release under bail (see bail entry 3 sense 1) 2. : to procure the release of by giving bail (see bail entry 3 sense 2) often used with out.
the person who agrees to be liable if someone released from custody does not return at an appointed time. the state of release upon being bailed. verb (used with object) to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person under arrest) on security given for his or her appearance when required, as in court for trial.
bail noun [ U ] uk / beɪl / us LAW money that someone agrees to pay to a court so that a person who has been accused of a crime can remain free until their trial. If the person does not appear at the trial, the court keeps the money: The Court of Appeals let him remain free on bail during the appeal of his conviction.
bail 1 (beɪl) n. 1. property or money given as surety that a person released from legal custody will return at an appointed time. 2. a person who provides bail. 3. the state of release upon being bailed. v.t. 4. to grant or obtain the liberty of (a person) on security for appearance in court as required.
Bail is the conditional release of a defendant with the promise to appear in court when required. In some countries, especially the United States, bail usually implies a bail bond, a deposit of money or some form of property to the court by the suspect in return for the release from pre-trial detention.
Bail is the amount of money defendants must post to be released from custody until their trial. Bail is not a fine. It is not supposed to be used as punishment. The purpose of bail is simply to ensure that defendants will appear for trial and all pretrial hearings for which they must be present. Bail is returned to defendants when their trial is over, in some states minus a processing fee.
The purpose of bail in a civil action is to ensure the presence of the defendant at trial and to guarantee the payment of a debt or the fulfillment of some civil duty, as ordered by the court. The court sets the amount of bail, which is generally based on the probable amount of damage against the defendant.