For courts of limited jurisdiction, which charges require a mandatory appearance and which charges allow bail to be forfeited?
On June 3, 2010, the Supreme Court adopted changes to the court rule (CrRLJ 3.2) concerning bail forfeiture. Beginning July 1, 2012, criminal offenses can no longer be resolved by bail forfeiture and all criminal violations require a mandatory court appearance
The Bail Schedule published by the AOC will now show a Y (Yes) for all criminal charges and a N (No) for infraction violations in the fifth column from the right, which is entitled MND APR FLAG (Mandatory Appearance Flag), Those charges having Y in the MND APR FLAG column require a hearing and mandatory appearance by the defendant. Conversely, those having N do not require a mandatory appearance by the defendant.
The Bail Schedule is available to the public on www.courts.wa.gov. Select News & Info, then Resources, then Bail Schedule. It is a PDF document.
RN id: 1945