- The court's decision to let an accused person remain free before trial, without posting bail, based on the individual's promise to appear at future proceedings. This is usually based on factors such as the nature of the crime, personal reputation, employment, financial situation, and the length of the person's residency in the area
- Under conditions of her own recognizance, Jane was not required to post bail before her trial.
- With a good track record of appearing in court, the judge released John on his own recognizance.
- Due to his long-standing residency and community reputation, the court allowed the defendant to remain free on own recognizance until the trial.