Restitution is a court order that requires the offender to pay you for any out-of-pocket losses directly related to the crime. The judge is required to consider restitution. If it’s not ordered, the judge must explain why.
Restitution may apply for the following:
- damage, destruction and loss of property bodily or psychological harm lost wages
- services like a counsellor or psychologist
- expenses incurred in moving out of the offender’s house, including costs for temporary housing, food, childcare and transportation
losses incurred by unknowingly purchasing or lending money on stolen property
- expenses incurred in re-establishing your identity, and correcting your credit history and credit rating, after identity theft
- expenses to remove a personal image from the Internet or other digital network
The accused and their lawyer will receive a copy of your Statement on Restitution.