Restitution is the financial responsibility of the defendant to the victim, and is only available if the defendant is convicted of a crime and the judge orders it be paid. It may only be ordered for expenses directly related to the crime, including property losses.
Reparations are financial assistance from the government, and are available to victims of violent crime regardless of whether the case is charged or the offender is convicted; however, reparations are only available for violent crimes reported to law enforcement.
More information is available from the Crime Victims Reparations Board. If a victim is identified in a criminal case, they will receive information by mail from the Victim Witness Coordinator that includes a restitution affidavit. If you need additional information about restitution or an application for reparations, contact the Victim Witness Coordinator.