Misdemeanor Bail Practices Bench Card Available

The Judicial Council of Georgia’s Ad Hoc Committee on Criminal Justice Reform, chaired by Justice Michael Boggs, has developed a Misdemeanor Bail Practices Bench Card to provide an important resource to Georgia judges.

 The bench card provides judges with a concise but informative guide to relevant laws governing misdemeanor bail practices, including a misdemeanor defendant’s right to pretrial bail, time limits for scheduling bail determinations, considering a defendant’s ability to pay, and imposing bail conditions when reasonably necessary.  It references Walker v. City of Calhoun, 901 F3d 1245 (11th Cir. 2018) and includes changes to Georgia law under Senate Bill 407 (2018).

 Appreciation is extended to Assistant Professor Sandra G. Mayson of the University of Georgia School of Law and Associate Professor and Center for Access to Justice Faculty Director Lauren Sudeall of the Georgia State University College of Law for their expertise and assistance in developing this resource, which will be distributed statewide and updated periodically as needed.

 The card was presented to the Judicial Council at its April 26, 2019, General Session.  The electronic version is available on the Bench Cards page of the JC/AOC website at http://jcaoc.georgiacourts.gov/content/bench-cards.

By Darron Enns, Policy Analyst, Governmental and Trial Court Liaison


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