Justice Care and Opportunities Department

Los Angeles Superior Court

New Bail Schedules

Effective October1, 2023


Justice Care and Opportunities Department

Los Angeles Superior Court

New Bail Schedules

Effective October 1, 2023

New Bail Schedules

Effective October 1st, 2023, the Superior Court of Los Angeles County implemented new Pre-Arraignment Release Protocols to prioritize public safety by focusing on risk to community safety while reducing reliance on money bail.

check circle iconThe Los Angeles Superior Court’s July 18, 2023 News Release provides additional information.

check circle icon“A person’s ability to pay a large sum of money should not be the determining factor in deciding whether that person, who is presumed innocent, stays in jail before trial or is released. Any determination of an arrestee’s status after arrest but before being charged should be based on an individualized determination of risk and likelihood to return to court.” – Presiding Judge Jessner.

check circle iconThe Criminal Court provides online access to resources and document related to Misdemeanor and Felony Bail Schedules – Bail Schedules.

Who is impacted

People charged with nonviolent, non-serious felonies and misdemeanors.

What Change will people see

For misdemeanors and non-violent felonies only, rather than an amount of money bail to secure release, the bail schedule will list one of three actions – Cite and Release (CR), Book and Release (BR), and Magistrate Review (MR).

check circle icon People arrested for certain crimes that pose a greater risk to the public will be referred to Magistrate Review (MR), available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, who will exercise discretion by conducting individualized determinations of the appropriate non-financial pre-arraignment release terms and conditions of the arrestee necessary to reduce the risk to the public and victim safety and the likelihood of the arrestee returning to court.

check circle icon People arrested for serious and/or violent misdemeanors and felonies (e.g., domestic violence, sexual assault, murder offenses) are not eligible for non-financial terms of release prior to arraignment pursuant to Penal Code section 1270.1 but will remain eligible for release only on monetary bail.

check circle icon People charged with capital offenses or certain felonies designated in the California Constitution and Penal Code section 1270.5 will remain ineligible for pre-arraignment release.

check circle icon People arrested for felonies while on Post-Release Community Supervision or while on Parole will not be eligible for CR or BR and will be referred for MR.

More Resources from the Los Angeles Superior Court

Frequently Asked Questions About Pre-Arraignment Release Protocols

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