An undertaking is a document. There are two types of undertakings:
- a police undertaking
- a court ordered undertaking
A “police undertaking” is given by a police officer. If you are given a police undertaking, you will also receive a promise to appear. The promise to appear is a type of release from custody. The police undertaking document will state conditions that you must follow until your case is over.
A court ordered “undertaking” is a type of release from custody. A judge or justice of the peace can release you on an undertaking at a bail hearing. The court ordered undertaking may state conditions that you must follow until your case is over. Some court ordered undertakings do not state conditions for you to follow. This is called an “undertaking without conditions” and it is the least restrictive type of release from bail court.
If you don’t follow the conditions of your police undertaking or court ordered undertaking, you can be charged with failing to comply.