Victim surcharge orders
Victim surcharge orders

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Victim surcharge orders
  • What is the victim surcharge?
  • When can the order be made?
  • How much will those convicted be ordered to pay?

What is the victim surcharge?

The victim surcharge is a financial order imposed on an offender on conviction for most types of offence in England and Wales. The aim behind the surcharge is to ensure offenders pay towards the cost of supporting the victims of crime. It helps fund Independent Domestic Violence Advisers, Witness Care Units and voluntary support groups by paying for the provision of emotional and practical support for victims.

The victim surcharge is a mandatory charge—courts must make an order for the payment of the victim surcharge when it passes sentence on conviction, unless the sentence is specifically excluded by the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012, SI 2012/1696.

For information on the financial penalties which can be imposed on conviction, see Practice Note: Fines imposed following criminal conviction and for information on costs orders which can be made on conviction, see Practice Note: Prosecution costs.

When can the order be made?

All convicted adult offenders who are sentenced for an offence which was committed on or before 1 October 2012 are liable to pay the victim surcharge. This includes corporate offenders. Only those offenders who receive a sentence which is not specified in the Schedule to the Surcharge Order 2012, are excluded from the charge. This includes those who receive an absolute discharge.

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