1 When a person is arrested, the police may offer bail depending on the offence.

2 The suspect is charged in court. The police bail is passed on to the court.

The bailor stands surety for the accused to attend the court hearings. For bail amounts below $15,000, the bailor generally need not pay the cash up front. The judge can decide that the bail amount be split between more than one bailor.

3 The accused must turn up in court for as many hearings as required. The bailor(s) may discharge themselves at any point.

4 The case concludes. The bail money deposited with the court will be returned to the bailor(s), regardless of whether the accused is found guilty or not.

If the accused fails to show up for a court session, a warrant of arrest will be issued against him. The bailor has to attend a hearing to give cause why the full bail money should not be forfeited.


A bailor's key responsibility is to ensure that the accused attends all court hearings at the required time and date until the case has been concluded.

The bailor must also ensure that the accused does not leave Singapore without the court's permission.

If the accused fails to attend a court hearing, the full bail amount pledged as security may be forfeited.

- State Courts website

BY THE numbers


accused persons who jumped bail last year, up from 99 in 2012.