Amount of Bail (Zimbabwe)
An excessive amount of bail may not be demanded: 120 CPEA. If bail is set at an amount which is beyond the capacity of X to raise, he will end up in custody and the granting of bail will have been a futile gesture; in effect a person is denied bail if bail is set well beyond his means to pay. In respect of persons with little or no financial means, bail can be set at a low level or a person can be released on his own recognizances, with or without further conditions, or he can be released subject to sureties being found, provided that there is a reasonable prospect of his finding such sureties. The defence lawyer must obviously seek to persuade the court to set the bail at an amount which is within the financial reach of his client. Instead of cash bail the court can order X to deposit property: 131 CPEA.