Fifth Judicial District Court
Cash Bond (Bail) Posting
A CASH bond may be posted at the District Court Clerk’s Office in your county.
The money needs to be in the form of cash, money order or certified check.
Payments are accepted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.
The person depositing the bond is required to bring their current valid driver’s license.
Once the bond money has been paid an Order Setting Conditions of Release will be filed by the judge.
Depending on the time of day/day of the week, a defendant might not be released until the next workday after a bond is posted.
Warning – Unless otherwise ordered by the court, a bond is ordinarily released after the defendant is sentenced or the case is dismissed, and then only to the person who posted the bond.
Cash Bond (Bail) Refunds
If you personally posted a cash (bail) bond for a defendant, keep the receipt issued to you by the Clerk’s Office when the cash was received by the Court. If the defendant appeared at all of his/her hearings/trial and was sentenced, you are entitled to a refund of the bond money.
A cash bond will be refunded to the person who posted the bond after these steps are completed:
- Documents resulting from Judgment/Sentencing, which exonerates the bail bond, have been filed in the Clerk’s Office.
- The Judge or staff may prepare an Order that will release the cash bond upon completion of the case.
- If the Order to Release Bond is not automatically submitted, a Motion to Release Bond and an Order Releasing Bond should be prepared by the defendant’s attorney of record (either private attorney or public defender). Both the defendant’s attorney and the District Attorney’s office must sign the Motion. The Motion and Order are presented to the Judge for his/her signature. Once the Order is signed by the Judge, it is filed in the Clerk’s Office. A copy of the Order and supporting documents is sent to the Finance Office.
- A bond depositor should make arrangements with the District Court Clerk’s Office to pick up the bond refund check.
- If the individual is not from the area, they will need to make arrangements to have the check mailed to them.
- To pick up a cash bond refund check, you must present a current driver’s license or ID card.