Legal meaning of bail, police enquiry bail and court bail

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Bail is guarantee backed by a promise to pay money for appearance of a person at a given time, date and place either to answer an alleged offence or for investigation into an alleged or suspected offence and to forfeit the amount promised if it is disobeyed


Police enquiry bail is a bail which is granted by the police pursuant to their investigation. Thus if the police fail to release the accused, the police are mandated to bring the accused before a court within forty-eight hours after his arrest or detention. It is granted for the offender’s appearance in court or further investigation

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A court bail is cash, a bond, or property that an arrested person gives to a court to ensure that he or she will appear in court when ordered to do so. If the defendant doesn’t show up, the court may keep the bail and issue a warrant for the defendant’s arrest.


A court shall refuse to grant bail if it satisfies that the defendant:

1. May not appear to stand trial

2. May interfere with any witness or in any way hamper Police Investigation

3. If the defendant may commit further crimes when granted bail

4. Is charged with an offence punishable by imprisonment exceeding 6 months which was committed while he/she was on bail.

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A court shall refuse to grant bail when the following offences takes place

1. In case of treason, subversion, hijacking or robbery

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2. Someone who has escaped from a lawful custody(Fugitive)

3. Where a person is being held for extradition to a foreign country


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