287. Consideration of financial resources and assessment of means.

Where the court is contemplating making a compensation order1 it must be satisfied after sufficient inquiry that the defendant has the financial resources to pay the order2. A compensation order is wrong in principle when coupled with an immediate sentence of imprisonment on a person who has many debts and in respect of whom there is no evidence of resources3, although this principle does not apply where a person has good prospects so that the compensation order appears to be a reasonable addition to a modest prison sentence for a serious crime4. Compensation orders should not be made where