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Rule 23

A bail magistrate shall not accept as surety a bondsman who has received, who has been promised, or who expects to receive pay or reward for acting as surety unless such proposed surety is at the time duly registered as a professional bondsman.

If the surety offered is an agent of a surety company, the bail magistrate shall, before accepting the surety, satisfy himself that the company is authorized to act as surety in criminal cases in the Commonwealth; that it is financially sound; that the agent purporting to bind the surety company in recognizance is properly authorized to do so; that the surety company will deal fairly with the defendant in all respects; and that there are no conditions indicating that the surety company is likely to lose interest in assuring a defendant's presence in court.

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