Signature Bond Law and Legal Definition

A signature bond is used in criminal law as an alternative to the traditional surety bail bond. The signature bond or recognizance bond (R.O.R.) requires the defendant to sign a promise to return to the court for trial, with the possibility of the entry of a monetary judgment against him if he fails to do so, but does not require a deposit of any cash or property with the court. This type of bond is frequently allowed to defendants with no prior criminal history accused of minor felony type cases and who are not a risk of flight or a danger to the community at large.