North Carolina Bail Agents Association

A judge has blocked a law that would’ve given only one group the authority to train bail bondsmen in North Carolina. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens said the law would have created an unconstitutional monopoly by allowing only the North Carolina Bail Agents Association to train bondsmen and provide state-required continuing ed courses. The Association’s sole competitor –the North Carolina Bail Academy - sued to stop the law.

Tim Mathis is an instructor at the Academy and a bail bondsman in Monroe.

A new law that would create a monopoly on training bail bondsmen in North Carolina is now the subject of a court challenge. The North Carolina Bail Agents Association would be the only group in North Carolina allowed to train bail bondsmen under the law, which is set to take effect October 1. The association’s sole competitor, the North Carolina Bail Academy, has filed a lawsuit to block the law.