In the criminal law context, a bailor is a person who posts bail on behalf of a defendant.
Bail is a sum of money or other form of security that is deposited with the court to secure the release of a defendant from custody, with the understanding that the defendant will return to court for future proceedings. The bailor agrees to forfeit the bail if the defendant fails to appear in court as required. The bailor may be a friend, family member, or professional bail bond agent. The role of the bailor is to ensure that the defendant returns to court as required and to assume financial responsibility for the defendant’s appearance in court.
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