HARTFORD – State Representative Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck), Ranking Member of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee, praised the passage of her cosponsored bill, H.B. 5471, An Act Concerning Victim’s Rights and Restitutions, on the closing day of the 2018 Session, May 9th, 2018.
“This is an important bill for victims of criminal offenses where the individual suffered physical injury or damage or loss of property,” Rep. Rebimbas said. “When these crimes occur, the victims have a right to request restitution for any damages, and that is something the court should determine through a formal process when sentencing the convicted individual. If restitution has been requested as a result of the crime as determined by the court, the convicted individual should be required to compensate the victim in accordance with the rule of law.”
This bill requires the court, when sentencing an individual who was convicted of a criminal offense, to inquire on the record whether there are any requests from victims for restitution. Under existing law, which remains unchanged by the bill, a court is required to order an offender to make financial restitution, under terms that it determines are appropriate. The convicted individual would be required to pay restitution if the crime committed resulted in injury to another person or property damage, if the victim requests financial restitution, and if the court finds that the victim suffered injury or property damage or loss. However, currently prosecutors have the option to decide whether or not to request restitution be ordered by the court. This new law would require the prosecutor to provide the request to the judge and not leave it to the discretion of the prosecutor.
H.B. 5471 passed the House and was placed on the Senate’s consent calendar. The consent calendar is a list of bills from a legislative chamber that are generally noncontroversial and will likely receive strong support. The bills are voted on collectively. Once the consent calendar is adopted, the bill will be sent to Governor Malloy for his signature.
The 2018 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly ends at midnight tonight, May 9th, 2018.