Notice, Summon, and Bail Forms: Understanding Court Documents

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Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a more serious offense, you need to appear in court to face the allegation. Depending on your charge, you may receive a court hearing notice, summon, police bail form, or a court bail form.

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Court Hearing Notice

The court sends a hearing notice to inform about the hearing date of a less serious charge, giving you an option to attend or not. You should respond to the notice by endorsing it with a plea of guilty or not guilty, if you choose not to attend court.

Summon

The court sends a summon for a more serious charge; requiring you to attend court on a set date. The court may adjourn the charge to another day if you fail to come. They may also issue a warrant of arrest to ensure you appear at the next hearing.

Police Bail

You’ll receive a police bail form if you’ve been arrested, charged, and released on bail bond until your court date. There are many companies offering bail bonds if you can’t outright afford the amount. One company with connections to different states is Bail Bonds St. George. You must appear in court on the set date to answer the allegations, otherwise, you’ll be arrested and kept in police custody until your next hearing.

Court Bail

Court bail means you’ve appeared before the court and been released on bail until the next hearing date. You must attend court again on the set date or you’ll be arrested.