Change SCOMIS to require recording of the bail amount ordered or personal recognizance allowed when docketing a bail-related order or decision.
The Judicial Information System (JIS) contains person records that are associated to certain case types filed in superior courts and all person-related cases filed in courts of limited jurisdiction. Each person record includes race and ethnicity data, in addition to other personal identifying information. All criminal, infraction, and probable cause cases require association of a JIS Person Record to a case filing.
For cases filed in courts of limited jurisdiction, the suggested bail amount for each violation listed in the CLJ law table is automatically added to the case upon filing. The law table used by courts of limited jurisdiction also identifies violations that require a mandatory appearance. As a result, JIS data related to bail information at the case level is readily available.
Currently there is no dedicated data field to capture bail amounts set in superior court cases managed in SCOMIS. Docketing practices in superior court cases vary throughout the state. Some jurisdictions will include bail amounts in one of three fields on the SCOMIS Docket screen when docketing orders related to bail; other jurisdictions do not reference any bail amount. Without a consistent process or dedicated data field, accurate statewide bail data is not available in adult felony and juvenile offender cases.
Please see the attached document for additional information related to current docketing practices, and possible solutions.