Amendments to the victim surcharge
The rates of the statutory victim surcharge, paid by defendants convicted of offences in the Magistrates and Crown Courts have been increased from 1 April.
The changes to the surcharge, which was introduced in 2007 and originally only intended for those fined by the courts, mean that all who are found guilty of an offence will need to pay the following increased fees:
- An offence resulting in the payment of a fine will continue to attract a surcharge of 10% of the fine but the maximum amount increases from £120 to £170.
- An offence resulting in a community order being imposed will attract a victim surcharge of £85, up from £60.
This surcharge will be paid into a central government fund to be used to finance victim support services.