Frequently Asked Questions - Legal Process
A recognizance (of bail) is a promise that an accused person makes in court, to abide by the conditions that made it possible for them to be released from custody.
Weekends And Statutory Holiday (WASH) court is a bail hearing that happens on weekends and statutory holidays, hence the name.
Offenders who, at the time of sentencing, meet the guidelines for a conditional sentence are permitted to serve their 'incarceration' time in the community and living in their residence. Typically, a conditional sentence (commonly referred to as House Arrest) involves terms that the convicted person must remain in their residence except for specific circumstances.
As you should be aware, a surety is essentially a 'jailer' out of jail. When someone is released from bail court with conditions and under the supervision of a 'surety', the surety has promised to enforce the terms of the recognizance of bail and backed up that promise with a financial pledge.
A bail hearing is a judicial proceeding where the court determines if a person charged with a criminal offence should be released on bail, trusted to make any and all required court appearances up to and including a trial.