The principle of reparation dates back to the lex talionis of Hebrew Scripture. Anglo-Saxon courts in England before the Norman conquest also contained this principle. Under the English legal system judges must consider making a compensation order as part of the sentence for a crime. Section 130 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 requires the courts to explain their reasoning if they do not issue a compensation order.
Notes and references
- Martin, Jacqueline (2005). The English Legal System (4th ed.), p. 178. London: Hodder Arnold. ISBN 0-340-89991-3.