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You will be arrested and brought before the next court if you do not have a good excuse for missing signing bail. Acceptable reasons are, already in custody, in hospital or too ill to sign (the last two must be accompanied with a Dr's note). Any other excuses such as slept in, forgot, missed the bus, not enough money to get there are not acceptable reasons and you will be arrested.

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