The American Bar Association’s Updated Resource Publication Describes the Effectiveness of Commercial Bail

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According to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Second Edition of The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, Commercial Surety is an effective way to ensure appearance of defendants in court.

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American Bar Association New Resource Guide on Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds

To get an opportunity to educate and inform the legal community on such an important topic as commercial bail was an important task we both undertook with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

In its Second Edition of its legal resource, The Law of Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds, the ABA turned to two of the commercial bail industry’s leading bail bond industry attorneys, Jay Labe and Jerry Watson, to better explain the commercial bail process and its effectiveness in ensuring justice. “When we were approached by the ABA Commercial Surety and Miscellaneous Bonds Editorial Committee to write this important chapter in their resource guide, we were truly honored,” states Watson.

Jerry Watson is the Chief Legal Officer of the AIA Family of Companies, which is the nation’s oldest and largest underwriter of commercial bail bonds and creator of the ExpertBail Network. With over 43 years of practicing law in the bail industry, Watson is considered by many to be the world’s foremost expert on the subject. Jay Labe is also no stranger to the bail industry. With over 40 years’ experience as an attorney, Jay is also considered to be one of the best in the business. “Working together with Jerry on this project was extremely fulfilling both personally and professionally,” says Labe. “To get an opportunity to educate and inform the legal community on such an important topic as commercial bail was an important task we both undertook with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.”

For decades, the commercial bail industry and the legal profession have been valuable partners in the criminal justice system. Why? Because when defendants show up for court, the legal system gets a chance to work. Defense attorneys get a chance to defend their clients, prosecutors get a chance to hold defendants accountable and victims get a chance at justice. According to Labe and Watson, the value of the role that commercial bail plays in ensuring those outcomes is immeasurable. But the challenge for commercial bail has always been educating people of that value and disseminating the message to those stakeholders in the system. As the “Conclusion” Section of Chapter 8 – Commercial Bail Bonds states, “Bail is the least understood and most underappreciated form of suretyship….A more comprehensive understanding of commercial bail [by those in the legal community and broader criminal justice system] will facilitate the enactment of reasonable and more uniform laws that will enhance the efficiency of the industry and augment its long record of accomplishment.” According to Watson, “This new chapter on commercial bail bonds is not only a valuable vote of recognition from the American Bar Association, but even more importantly, has the potential to hopefully become the quintessential informational resource for the legal community to better understand the bail industry and its essential role in the criminal justice system.”

If you would like to learn more about the commercial bail industry, visit or Additionally, if you would like to receive a copy of the new ABA Chapter on Commercial Bail Bonds, email our team at communications(at)aiasurety(dot)com.

About The AIA Family of Companies
The AIA Family of Companies has been partnering with agents across the country for over a century. Formed in 2003 as an alliance of the surety bail industry’s leading companies Allegheny Casualty, International Fidelity and Associated Bond, AIA utilizes a unique “service-focused” approach to management that provides its family of agents with the knowledge, tools and commitment they need to grow their business and succeed. AIA has become the overwhelming industry leader in agent service, national coverage, bail written and number of agents.

About The ExpertBail Network
The ExpertBail Network is the bail bond industry’s first true national bail bond brand. Comprised of the most experienced and highest quality bail agents in the industry, ExpertBail helps consumers reduce the clutter in the bail marketplace and directs them towards a trusted, proven and experienced bail agent in a simple and transparent way. Expert Bail is backed by AIA, the oldest and largest family of bail bond insurance companies. With over 150 years of stability, trust and knowledge behind every bond written in the ExpertBail Network, our focus is on the consumer and helping them through a difficult time. The mission of ExpertBail and its network of agents is not only to meet the expectations of our customers, but to exceed them substantially.

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