Bail is where an accused person is released from prison before their trial BUT that person is required to come to court on the days when their case will be heard. Bail is only given to accused people by the court.
You apply for bail for simple offences (threatening violence, obtaining money by false pretence, malicious damage to property) at the Magistrate’s Court where the trial is taking place. For serious offences (murder, rape, defilement, aggravated robbery) the accused applies for bail in the High Court.
As a condition for bail the accused must:
There are two forms of bail: (1) The Cash Bail is paid immediately at the court after the application has been accepted by the court. (2) The Non-Cash Bail only needs to be paid when the accused fails to appear in court.
How to get the bail money back?
After the conclusion of the case you need to write a letter to the concerned Magistrate/High Court asking to pay back the bail money.
You attach: (1) the corresponding bail form, (2) the receipt which was given to you by court, (3) a copy of the accused’s ID. Then you wait for the response from the judicial officer.