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    Act of giving the equivalent for any loss, damage or injury.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Restitution means to pay back, to make whole again. A judge can make the defendant pay the victim of the crime for any money spent or lost because of the crime, including medical and counseling costs, lost wages, and lost or damaged property.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    Restitution can be defined as giving something back to its owner. Or, giving the owner something with the same value, like paying to fix his or her property.

    California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Another definition of restitution is payment of compensation for loss, usually referring to payments made by a criminal defendant for losses caused by the defendant’s criminal actions. May also refer to a body of law in which liability is based on the gain realized by the defendant (referred to as “unjust enrichment”) rather than on the victim’s loss.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    Moneys ordered payable by a civil or criminal court in order to compensate the victim of a physical, emotional, or other injury.

    Drogin, Eric Y., et al. Handbook of forensic assessment: Psychological and psychiatric perspectives. Vol. 209. John Wiley & Sons, 2011.

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    A court order for the return of goods to someone when a court decides that it would be unfair if they did not get them back.

    Victoria Law Foundation. “Legal glossary” (2015)

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    Giving back what has been provided (under a contract), stolen, or seized to pay a debt.

    Peter English, Surry Partners Lawyers. “Glossary of legal terms” (2009)