In most court cases, we assume that everything will be handled by the lawyer. That is true, but there’s one part that won’t be handled by the lawyer: bail.
But the accused can’t pay the bail themselves either. To pay it, they’ll need to assign someone as a bailor, which will usually be a friend or family member.
But it’s not as simple as withdrawing money and paying it to the court. We’ve written an article explaining the whole bail process before. But if you’re in a rush, here’s a simple version:
- The bailor gets a sheet with the case number and your name
- They’ll go to the court counter to post bail
- The bailor will be told to open a bank account. The court will give them a document to be handed over to the bank officer
- Go to the bank, open a bank account, and get the bank book
- Bring it back to the court counter, and a receipt will be issued for it
- You’re free on bail!
It sounds simple but this can be time-consuming, and the bank and court might not be opened after office hours or on weekends. The MCO can also add another layer of difficulty, as there might be travel restrictions.
You can now do it online
Luckily, you can now avoid the hassle by doing it online through eJamin. So instead of going back and forth from the court to the bank, you can just do it from your phone.
You’ll still need the information on the case, which is the first step mentioned above. The service is also available 24/7, so you don’t have to wait for courts and banks to be open.
You’ll still need to check if your court uses eJamin. Currently, there are 138 courts using it, and you can see the list here: Courts that use eJamin.
If it’s listed, next go to eJamin’s website.
As you can see, the interface is pretty simple, and you can fill in all of the necessary information on the front page itself. Once you’ve made the payment via FPX online banking, you’ll get a receipt in your email. This will be the receipt to show to the court officer.
You won’t have to wait long for a refund either. Once the case is closed, the bail money will be refunded to the bailor’s bank account, usually within 1-2 hours.
Court cases can be stressful, so this is one way to reduce it by just a little bit.