Bail Refunds

Cash bail is money paid to release a person who has been arrested (also known as a defendant). The person who pays the bail 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 you paid bail online, your refund will not include the 2% online payment processing fee.

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.