Cash bail is money paid to release a person who has been arrested (also known as a defendant). The person who pays the ball is called the surety.
After posting bail, the surety gets a receipt as proof of payment. The funds are held by the Department of Finance (DOF) until it receives a refund order from the court. The court usually issues a cash bail refund order 6 to 8 weeks after a case is closed or bail is exonerated.
Within 2 weeks of getting the order from the court, DOF will mail a refund check to the address listed for the surety on the cash bail receipt.
If the defendant does not return for their trial, the cash bail is not returned.
Cash bail can only be refunded by a court order.