Bail and Bond Information
The Criminal/Traffic Department accepts payment for the posting of bail for a Municipal Court prisoner twenty-four hours a day. Payments must be made by cash, Discover, MasterCard, or VISA only. Once bail is posted, the jail is sent a release form. The timeframe for the physical release of the prisoner can be obtained by contacting the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at (614) 525-3368, twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year.
Bond on felony and domestic violence cases is set in arraignment court beginning at 9:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday excluding holidays. Defendants arrested after 11:00 p.m. on Friday night will be arraigned at the next scheduled court session.
Attorneys who need to request to talk to the scheduled arraignment court judge to set bond earlier than the scheduled arraignment session may contact the Clerk's Office at (614) 645-8449 to obtain the cell phone number for the Judge on call.
Refund of bail money that has been posted in the Criminal/Traffic Department is processed by accounting clerks on the second floor. All bail money posted on a case will be refunded to the depositor after the return of verdict or judgment by a jury or by the court on the issue of guilt or innocence, unless a trial judge directs otherwise. The depositor is the only person who can receive the refund. Bail refunds are mailed to the depositor unless accounting clerks are presented with a judges entry directing them to refund the money to the depositor in person. The bail refund department can be reached at (614) 645-6903 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Accounting clerks also process bail money that has been authorized by the depositor to be applied to fines and costs. All appropriate paperwork must first be completed by a deputy clerk in the Criminal/Traffic Division.
All bail money that is posted in our court and then authorized by a judge to be transferred to another court is processed by accounting clerks in the Criminal/Traffic Department. In addition, accounting clerks process bail money that is posted in our court and then bound over to the Court of Common Pleas.
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