Bail Bond Information 

General Bond Procedures

Bail bonds may be posted in the Circuit Criminal Division between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Bail bonds may be posted in the Criminal Traffic Division on the first floor of the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Property bonds are not taken after 3. p.m.

There is a $25 non-refundable bond filing fee which will be collected on any bail bond.

You must have a signed photo ID to post a bond.

When you post a bond, you are guaranteeing that the defendant will appear for all court appearances and abide by all non-financial conditions. Any cash or property posted is subject to forfeiture if the defendant fails to comply with all orders of the court.

Keep your receipt.

Posting a Property Bond

A judge must approve the posting of a property bond for a Circuit Court case. District Court cases do not require a judge’s approval to post a property bond.

The property must be located within the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Property located outside Jefferson County may require additional steps.

The value of the property less any encumbrance, lien and/or mortgage must be more than double the amount of the original cash bond.

We will provide certified copies of the bond papers that you must take to the County Clerk’s Office to record the lien on the property being posted (fees apply). You must be in County Clerk’s Office before 4 p.m. No liens are recorded after that time.

After the lien has been recorded on the property, you must bring the receipt from the County Clerk’s Office back to our office. We will keep the original receipt and give you a copy for your records.

We will then provide the necessary paperwork for you to deliver to the jail to have the defendant released from custody.

After the written court order releasing the bond is received, we will request that the County Clerk’s Office release the lien.

Documents Required to Post a Property Bond

You must provide the original deed or a copy certified by the County Clerk’s Office. All owners of the property must be present and provide a signed state-issued photo ID.

If any owner is deceased, you must have a death certificate for the decedent.

If you have a quit claim deed, you must have a certified copy of the deed prior to the quit claim deed.

If you are the power of attorney (POA) for the property owner, you must have a copy of the POA that gives you the authority to post the property. The POA must be recorded with the County Clerk’s Office.

You must have a current statement issued in the last 30 days for each encumbrance, lien and/or mortgage on the property showing the outstanding balance.

A Current Assessment Form issued by the Property Valuation Administrator (PVA) of the county where the property is posted. The form must be signed by a PVA deputy and must be issued on the same day the bond is posted.

Posting a Cash Bond

You can post a bond with cash, certified check or cashier’s check made payable to David L. Nicholson, Circuit Court Clerk or Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk.

If a bond is posted with a certified check or cashier’s check, the person posting the bond must be the remitter/purchaser of the check.

Posting a Partially Secured or Percentage Bond

If the money you are required to post is a percentage of the full amount of the bond, you are still responsible for the full amount of the bond.

If the defendant fails to comply with the court, you could lose the amount you posted in addition to the remaining amount of the bond.

If the defendant is found guilty, the court will keep 10 percent (but not less than $5) of the amount you posted as a service fee. If the defendant is found not guilty, the full amount of the bond will be returned to you.

When Bond Has Been Released

A bond may be released or refunded upon disposition of the case or amendment of the bond only by judicial order.

Bonds will be released from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bonds will not be released on weekends or holidays.

You must return to either the Circuit Criminal Division in Room 331 on the third floor of the Jefferson County Judicial Center, 700 W. Jefferson Street, or the Criminal Traffic Division in Room 1146 on the first floor of the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson Street, to begin the process of having a bond released or refunded. If you have posted a property bond, you do not need to return to the office as the lien will be automatically released.

You must have a signed photo ID and your receipt to get the bond refunded.

You can have your bond refund mailed to you. Please ask the deputy clerk for details.

Only the surety (individual who posted the bond) is eligible for the bond refund.

All bond refunds will be distributed by check.

Metro Corrections Bond Process

Defendants charged with misdemeanors can now pay their own bonds through the new eBond/Touch Payment System offered by Metro Corrections. Defendants who are detained in the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections on certain misdemeanor charges that have preset bond amounts may now pay that bond with a credit card or debit card soon after entering the Metro Corrections facility.

Inmates housed in Louisville Metro Corrections may also have family member and/or friends apply funds to their inmate account for the purpose of paying bond. These funds can be paid through ePay using the Site ID # 24202.

When you post a bond, you are guaranteeing that the defendant will appear for all court appearances and abide by all non-financial conditions. Any cash or property posted is subject to forfeiture if the defendant fails to comply with all orders of the court.

For more information, contact Louisville Metro Corrections.

Paying Fines and Court Costs/ Accepting Proof

This division can accept proof of insurance with a formal letter from the carrier signed by the agent. It also accepts proof of repairs for citations involving motor vehicles, proof of registration, proof of operator’s licenses and proof of court-ordered community service.

Acceptable Forms of Payment for Criminal/Traffic Division

Paying in Person

Cash, certified checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, and checks (in most circumstances) are accepted. American Express, Discover and MasterCard credit cards and most debit cards are also accepted. Visa credit and debit cards are not accepted at the counter of any Kentucky Office of the Circuit Court Clerk due to Visa’s convenience fee policy.

Paying by Mail

Certified checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, personal checks and business checks (in most circumstances) are accepted. Cash is accepted but not recommended. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit cards and most debit cards are also accepted. If paying by credit card, please provide your credit card number, the expiration date, the name on the card, the billing address for the card and your phone number.

Paying by Phone

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards and most debit cards are accepted. Personal and business checks (in most circumstances) are also accepted. Call 866-396-1751 to make payment by phone. A third-party processing fee will be applied to all debit and credit card transactions.

Paying Online

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit and debit cards are accepted when paying online through ePay. Personal and business checks are also accepted through ePay. Visit ePay to learn which citations are eligible to be paid online.

Redocket/Reschedule Cases

Requests to redocket/reschedule a case can be made only by the defendant or defendant’s attorney at the customer service counters on the first floor of the Louis D. Brandeis Hall of Justice. A case may be rescheduled for an earlier date than was initially scheduled, but may not be continued to a later date without judicial approval.

To request a later date, go to the District Court Administrator’s Office on the third floor of the Hall of Justice to obtain a judge’s signature.