“Bail” and “Bond” are often used interchangeably. Bail refers to money or some other type of security (real estate) that is accepted by the court in exchange for the release of a defendant who must appear in court at a future time. The purpose of bail is to ensure the defendant makes all the required appearances in court. The amount of bail required for posting is generally set according to a bail schedule that varies from county to county and state to state. See also, Bail Bond, Bail Bondsman, Bail Schedule.