Compensation orders and statutory nuisances

The principles on which compensation orders for statutory nuisances can be made by the courts have been clarified in a recent decision by the Divisional Court.

The usual route for someone seeking compensation is to pursue a claim through the civil courts, but section 35 of the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973 enabled criminal courts to order convicted persons to pay financial compensation to victims of their offences in addition to any other sentence imposed. The aim was to provide victims of crimes with a speedy and effective means of securing compensation, avoiding the need to pursue expensive ci

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