House Bill No. 5637
               House Bill No. 5637

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-51


AN ACT CONCERNING POST-CONVICTION BAIL.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  54-63f  of  the  general  statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    A   person  who  has  been  convicted  of  any
offense, EXCEPT A VIOLATION  OF  SECTION  53a-54a,
53a-54b,   53a-54c   OR  53a-54d,  and  is  either
awaiting sentence or has  given  oral  or  written
notice  of  his  intention  to  appeal  or  file a
petition for certification or a writ of certiorari
may  be  released pending final disposition of the
case,  unless  the  court  finds  custody  to   be
necessary  to  provide reasonable assurance of his
appearance  in  court,  upon  the  first  of   the
following  conditions  of release found sufficient
by the court to provide such assurance:  (1)  Upon
his  execution of a written promise to appear, (2)
upon his execution of a bond without surety in  no
greater   amount  than  necessary,  (3)  upon  his
execution of a bond  with  surety  in  no  greater
amount  than necessary, (4) upon his deposit, with
the clerk of the court having jurisdiction of  the
offense with which such person stands convicted or
any assistant clerk of such court who is bonded in
the  same  manner  as  the  clerk or any person or
officer authorized to accept bail, a sum of  money
equal  to  the  amount  called  for  by  the  bond
required by the court, or (5) upon his  pledge  of
real property, the equity of which is equal to the
amount called for by  the  bond  required  by  the
court,  provided the person pledging such property
is the owner of such property. When cash  bail  is
offered, such bond shall be executed and the money
shall be received in lieu of a surety or  sureties
upon  such  bond. Such cash bail shall be retained
by the clerk of such court until a final order  of
the   court  disposing  of  the  same  is  passed,
provided, if such bond is forfeited, the clerk  of
such  court shall pay the money to the payee named
therein, according to the terms and conditions  of
the bond.

Approved May 19, 1998