“The judge of any court of inquiry may by written order establish a
schedule of bails . . . .” This means that if a schedule of bails is
established, someone charged with committing any offense on the
schedule may post bail without having to appear before a judge. An
example of an offense that requires an appearance before a judge in
order for bail to be set, is an instance of family violence
involving serious injury to the victim.
Furthermore, if a law enforcement officer makes an arrest for family
violence in Georgia without an arrest warrant, the accused will have to appear before a
judge to have bail bond set. Since many acts of family violence occur on
Friday night, and since most judges are unavailable until the
following Monday, the accused has the whole weekend to reflect on
Violations of O.C.G.A. § 40-6-393 (Homicide by
Vehicle) shall be set by a judge and not a schedule of bails.
OCGA § 17-6-1
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