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Victim Surcharge

When a person is sentenced the court must order them to pay the victim surcharge.

The victim surcharge1 is mandatory, there is no discretion, even for children. The victim surcharge is used to fund victim services. The amount of the surcharge depends on the sentence:

Defendants aged under 18 years old (at the date of the offence) Victim Surcharge
A conditional discharge £10
A fine, a Youth Rehabilitation Order or Referral Order £15
A custodial sentence (all lengths)2 £20

 

Offences committed on or after 8 April 2016:

Defendants aged under 18 years old (at the date of the offence) Victim Surcharge
A conditional discharge £15
A fine, a Youth Rehabilitation Order or Referral Order £20
A custodial sentence (all lengths) £30

 

For more information see the Sentencing Council website here.

  1. Section 161A Criminal Justice Act 2003; Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012) and Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) (Amendment) Order 2016  (back)
  2. When sentencing to immediate custody, no surcharge is payable if one or more of the offences was committed before 1 September 2014 – Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) Order 2012 as amended by Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) (Amendment) Order 2014  (back)