Bail Skipping Law and Legal Definition

People are released on bail with the understanding that they will attend court on an appointed date to face trial. Bail skipping is a practice in which an offender released on bail fails to appear at the court specified place and time without any lawful excuse. Such practice is often resorted to in an attempt to avoid trial and conviction. Bail skipping is also known as bail jumping. An arrest warrant is issued in the name of an offender who skips bail.

In cases where an offender released on bail fails to show up for a court appearance, the judge can issue a warrant for the bail jumper's arrest. Some jurisdictions allow bail bondsmen to hire bounty hunters in the event of a bail jumping. Bounty hunters trace bail skippers and bring them in on the warrant in exchange for a fee.