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May 28, 2020
COVID-19 - Return to Work - Worksite Prevention Protocol (Approved 5/19/2020)
RE: Emergency Bail Schedule
The California State Judicial Council adopted several new emergency rules on Monday April 6. In order to reduce county jail populations, Emergency Rile 4 established a Mandatory Statewide Bail Schedule effective no later than 5:00 pm Monday April 13. Application of the revised bail schedule is mandatory for every Superior Court in state. The new Bail Schedule sets ail at $0 for all misdemeanors and felony offenses except for certain listed offenses. Exceptions include all serious or violent felonies, felony and misdemeanor domestic violence offenses, violations of domestic violence protective orders, registerable sex offense violations, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony looting, felony criminal threats and driving under the influence offenses. For complete list of offenses that will not be eligible for $0 bail, go to www.courts.ca.gov. The new bail schedule applies to all accused persons held in pretrial custody and will stay in effect until 90 days after the Governor declared that the state of emergency is lifted.
Nothing in the Emergency Bail Schedule restricts the ability of the court to deny bail under the California State Constitution Article I, section 12 or 28(f)(3) which means when setting, reducing or denying bail, Superior Court Judges can take into consideration the protection of the public, the safety of the victim, the seriousness of the offense, the previous criminal record of the defendant and the probability of the defendant’s appearance at trial or hearing of the case.
We are in uncharted territory in many aspects of our everyday lives. The COVID-19 virus has impacted every institution including the courts in how business is conducted in order to enforce social distancing and protect and save lives. Due to this new Emergency Bill Schedule, I expect that a number of pretrial inmates will be released from the Lake County Jail. Any of these released inmates will be given new court dates to appear and if they fail to appear without good cause, we will be filing new charges for that failure to appear. In addition, once the order is lifted, we will request bail to be reverted to the previous amount in appropriate cases. I want to ensure the people of Lake County that as your District Attorney, I will do everything I can to protect our community in these difficult times.
SUSAN KRONESDistrict Attorney