Cash Bail is money that you pay as a deposit for the release of a person who has been arrested (also known as a defendant). We hold the money to help guarantee that the defendant will return to court for their trial. The Cash Bail is held in a bank account until the court closes the case and issues a court order to refund the Cash Bail to the person who paid it. If the defendant does not return for their trial, the Cash Bail is not returned (forfeited Cash Bail). If a court order is not received within 3 years of the deposit date the money is abandoned and sent to the NYS Office of the Comptroller.