Bail Schedule Law and Legal Definition

Bail Schedule refers to the list that sets the amount of bail a defendant is required to pay. The amount is based on the nature of the offense a person is charged with. A judge has the discretion to reduce the amount. The Courts usually maintain bail schedules. Each county with have its own rules for bail schedules.

Example of a Local court rule (California) on bail schedule.

L.A. County Super. Ct. R 6.15

(d) Bail Schedule. It is the duty of the judges of the Superior Court to adopt uniform countywide bail schedules for all bailable felony offenses and for all misdemeanor and infraction offenses. There shall be within the Criminal Division a Bail Committee appointed by the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division. The Bail Committee shall prepare and annually revise a Uniform Countywide Misdemeanor/Infraction Bail Schedule and a Uniform Countywide Felony Bail Schedule. In preparing and revising the Felony Bail Schedule, the Bail Committee shall consider the factors specified in Penal Code section 1269b(e). The preparation and distribution of a bail schedule shall comply with the requirements of Penal Code section 1269b(f). Once the Bail Committee has prepared a bail schedule, it shall be submitted to the Executive Committee for adoption. A bail schedule shall be deemed adopted by the judges of the court when approved by the Executive Committee and goes into effect on the date specified by the Executive Committee, or if no effective date is specified, on the date adopted. (Rule 6.15(d) [as (h)] amended and effective 1/1/08.)