288. Amount of compensation order and limit on amount payable by young offenders.

Where a court makes a compensation order1 it must generally be of such amount as the court considers appropriate, having regard to any evidence and to any representations that are made by or on behalf of the defendant or the prosecutor2. However if (and only if) a magistrates' court has convicted a person aged under 183 of an offence or offences, then:


    (1)     the compensation to be paid under a compensation order made by the court in respect of the offence or any one of the offences may not exceed £5,0004; and


    (2)     the compensation or total compensation to