Court of Appeal persuaded by Emma Scott that the imposition of a criminal compensation order was wrong in principle

06.07.18 | |

Emma Scott represented a client appealing against the compensation order made as part of his sentence for theft. Emma’s client had been ordered to pay £8,926.35 compensation, despite the rate of £75 a month meaning it would take him nearly 10 years to clear.

Emma argued that the compensation order was wrong in principle as the compensation order was not payable within a reasonable period of time, taking into consideration her client’s means. As a result, she argued it placed an undue burden on her client.

The Court of Appeal ruled that the compensation order was wrong in principle and that they were satisfied that it did place an undue burden on Emma’s client.

The Court of Appeal quashed the compensation order and substituted a compensation order of £1,000, payable at a rate of £40 a month.

Emma was instructed by Anna Renou of ITN Solicitors.

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