Compensating crime victims

Author(s)New Zealand Law Commission
Title Compensating crime victims
Source Issues Paper 11.October 2008. Wellington
Date 2008
Document type Research report
Coverage New Zealand
Summary This discussion paper was prepared by the New Zealand Law Commission to consider the current law and practice regarding victims' compensation and reparation, and to discuss whether the current systems are adequate or suggest possible areas for reform. A detailed overview is provided of the current practices, together with some comparison of the schemes operating in NSW, Victoria, Ontario and the United Kingdom. One finding from the comparative review is that in New Zealand overall state-funded compensation is not capped, which is a feature of the systems overseas, and New Zealand unlike other jurisdictions, places a significant emphasis on the rehabilitation of the victim. Issues regarding compensation and reparation are discussed in depth and a number of options are considered, such as enhancing entitlements under the accident compensation scheme, establishing a criminal injuries compensation tribunal or a hybrid system combining both of these.
Keywords Compensation; reparation; criminal justice process; role