Mississippi Law Upheld

Mississippi sheriffs are still authorized to decide who can write bail bonds, based on the ruling by a federal appeals panel. The three judge panel upheld the ruling that was passed down last year.

A lawsuit was filed in 2012 by 3 individuals claiming they were removed from the approved bail bondsman list without a valid reason and with no notice. They were asking to be added back to the approved list.

One defendant was removed from the approved list after it was alleged that his company was undercutting other bail bonds companies.

The 5th Circuit panel said that the Mississippi law leaves it up to the sheriff to determine who can write bail bonds. They also determined that ‘writing bail bonds is not subject to due process protections under federal and Mississippi laws.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM