(a) No judgment decreeing the forfeiture of any appearance bond shall be rendered:
(1) If it is shown to the satisfaction of the court by the sworn statement of a reputable
physician that the principal in the bond was prevented from attending by some physical
(2) If it is shown to the satisfaction of the court that the principal in the bond
was prevented from attending because he was detained in a penal institution in another
jurisdiction. A sworn affidavit of the warden or other responsible officer of the penal institution
in which the principal is being detained shall be considered adequate proof of the
(b) If adequate proof is furnished within 60 days of the forfeiture of an appearance
bond that the principal failed to appear on the date of forfeiture for one of the
reasons set forth in subsection (a) of this Code section, the forfeiture shall be
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