28 Jan 2010

Crime victim compensation law to be clarified

2:03 pm on 28 January 2010

The law which allows victims of crimes to have their loss of income partially covered by court-ordered reparation will be clarified, following a Supreme Court ruling last year.

The ruling in May stated that reparation cannot include compensation for injury costs if victims are already receiving ACC payments.

ACC provides compensation for loss of income at a rate of 80% of a claimant's pre-injury weekly earnings.

Before the ruling, courts were including the 20% of earnings not compensated by ACC in reparation payments.

Justice Minister Simon Power says that will be reinstated when a bill on Victims' Rights is introduced later this year, which will clarify the Sentencing Act.