Rule 525. Bail Bond.
(A) A bail bond is a document whereby the defendant agrees that while at liberty after being released on bail, he or she will appear at all subsequent proceedings as required and comply with all the conditions of the bail bond.
(B) At the time the bail is set, the bail authority shall
(1) have the bail bond prepared; and
(2) sign the bail bond verifying the conditions the bail authority imposed.
(C) If the defendant is unable to post bail at the time bail is set, when the bail authority commits the defendant to jail, he or she shall send the prepared and verified bail bond and the other necessary paperwork with the defendant to the place of incarcertation.
(D) When the defendant is going to be released, the defendant, and, when applicable, one or more sureties, shall sign the bail bond. The official who releases the defendant also shall sign the bail bond witnessing the defendants signature.
(E) The bail bond shall set forth the type or combination of types of release, the conditions of release ordered by the bail authority, the conditions of the bail bond set forth in Rule 526(A), and the consequences of failing to appear or failing to comply with all the conditions of the bail bond.
(F) The defendant shall not be released until he or she signs the bail bond.
(G) After the defendant signs the bail bond, a copy of the bail bond shall be given to the defendant, and the original shall be included in the record.
For the types of release and the conditions of release, see Rule 524.
Paragraph (G) requires the court official who accepts a deposit of bail and has the defendant sign the bail bond to include the original of the bail bond in the record of the case. See Rule 535(A) for the other contents of the record in the context of the bail deposit.
For some of the consequences when a defendant fails to appear or fails to comply as required, see the Crimes Code, 18 Pa.C.S. § 5124. See also Rule 536.
The form of the bail bond was deleted from the bail rules in 1985 with the expectation that the Court Administrator of Pennsylvania will continue to design and publish such forms pursuant to Rule 104.
Former Rule 4004 adopted July 23, 1973, effective 60 days hence, replacing prior Rule 4005; rescinded September 13, 1995, effective January 1, 1996, and replaced by Rule 523. Present Rule 4004 adopted September 13, 1995, effective January 1, 1996. The January 1, 1996 effective dates extended to April 1, 1996; the April 1, 1996 effective dates extended to July 1, 1996; renumbered Rule 525 and amended March 1, 2000, effective April 1, 2001; amended June 30, 2005, effective August 1, 2006.
Committee Explanatory Reports:
Final Report explaining the provisions of the new rule published with Courts Order at 25 Pa.B. 4116 (September 30, 1995).
Final Report explaining the March 1, 2000 reorganization and renumbering of the rules published with the Courts Order at 30 Pa.B. 1478 (March 18, 2000).
Final Report explaining the June 30, 2005 changes clarifying the bail authoritys responsibility concerning the preparation of the bail bond published with the Courts Order at 35 Pa.B. 3911 (July 16, 2005).
The provisions of this Rule 525 amended June 30, 2005, effective August 1, 2006, 35 Pa.B. 3901. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (264247) to (264248).
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