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bail,

in law, procurement of release from prison of a person awaiting trial or an appeal, by the deposit of security to insure his submission at the required time to legal authority. The monetary value of the security—known also as the bail, or, more accurately, the bail bond—is set by the court having jurisdiction over the prisoner. The security may be cash, the papers giving title to property, or the bond of private persons of means or of a professional bondsman or bonding company. Failure of the person released on bail to surrender himself at the appointed time results in forfeiture of the security. Bail is usually granted in a civil arrestarrest,
in law, seizure and detention of a person, either to bring him before a court body or official, or to otherwise secure the administration of the law. A person may be arrested for an alleged violation of civil or criminal law.
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. Courts have greater discretion to grant or deny bail in the case of persons under criminal arrest, e.g., it is usually refused when the accused is charged with homicide. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides that "excessive bail shall not be required," but it does not provide any absolute right to bail.

bail

[bāl]
(engineering)
A loop of heavy wire snap-fitted around two or more parts of a connector or other device to hold the parts together.

bail

1. The wall of an outer court of a feudal castle.
2. A hinged loop that is used for lifting.

bail

1 Law
1. a sum of money by which a person is bound to take responsibility for the appearance in court of another person or himself, forfeited if the person fails to appear
2. the person or persons so binding themselves; surety
3. the system permitting release of a person from custody where such security has been taken
4. jump bail or (formal) forfeit bail to fail to appear in court to answer to a charge
5. stand or go bail to act as surety (for someone)

bail

2
Cricket either of two small wooden bars placed across the tops of the stumps to form the wicket

bail

, bale
1. a semicircular support for a canopy
2. a movable bar on a typewriter that holds the paper against the platen
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But as the trial at Newcastle Crown Court drew to an end, the 58-year-old, who was still in possession of his passport, jumped bail and left the country.
Heron - still in possession of his passport - jumped bail and disappeared to the Philippines as his trial neared its conclusion.
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Authorities have called on Interpol to arrest and extradite Graeme McDonnell, 25, Pieter Meinen, 23, Ryan Orr, 22, and Steven Sloan, 21, after they jumped bail and fled back to Scotland.
Griffiths, 63, jumped bail before the end of last December's Chester Crown Court hearing.
A Midland black belt karate expert who jumped bail before being jailed for six years for indecently assaulting girl students has been arrested on the Spanish island of Majorca.
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THE search for a convicted rapist, who jumped bail while a jury was considering its verdict, has switched to holiday resorts in Europe.