Should convicted criminals pay more to compensate their victims?
Convicted criminals will soon be expected to pay twice as much into victim services funds, if Bill C-37 makes its way through the House of Commons.
The money raised is used to fund government services, community organizations and, on occasion, to provide compensation to injured parties.
Not that the $$ are any great bonanza.
Victim surcharges would jump to $100 for a summary conviction and $200 for an indictable offence. In cases where a fine is imposed, the offender would instead have to pay a surcharge amounting to 30 per cent of the fine, up from 15 per cent, The Globe and Mail reports.At the same time, the bill would eliminate judges’ ability to waive the surcharge in cases where offenders might paying such fines too onerous.