Compensation orders in criminal proceedings - a fresh perspective
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South African courts have to deal with the sentencing of convicted accused on a daily basis. While presiding officers are well-trained and experienced in sentencing matters, it seems that compensation orders are not generally invoked as a form of punishment. This article discusses compensation orders as a possible form of punishment that could be used in our courts. It could be one of the factors that may help to reduce an accused’s prison sentence and also to compensate victims who have suffered damage or loss resulting from criminal activities.