A compensation order is an order of the Court directing an offender, who has been convicted of an offence, to pay compensation to their victim if they have suffered an injury or loss, or destruction or damage to property as a direct result of the offence.
In a compensation order application made under Section 85B of the Sentencing Act, an order may be made up of amounts for the following:
The application for compensation must be made within 12 months of the offender being found guilty or convicted. A court may extend time in certain circumstances to make an application for compensation order if it is of the opinion that it is in the interest of justice to do so.
Compensation Order Applications pursuant to Section 85B of the Sentencing Act can be made:
Courts may also make an order for compensation for property loss.
Pursuant to Section 86 of the Sentencing Act, if a court finds a person guilty, or convicts a person of an offence, it may order the offender to pay the victim compensation for any loss, destruction or damage to property (not exceeding the value of the property) that the Court thinks fit.
In some circumstances it may be possible for the Department of Public Prosecutions to restrain the assets of an offender to ensure the offender does not sell or give them away.
If you would like to discuss the possibility of making an application for a compensation order or seek to have an offender’s assets restrained, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss, even if the offender has yet to be convicted. At YouLawyer, we have a team of lawyers who have experience assisting with compensation order applications.