Evaluation of the Prejudgment Attachment (for the Benefit of the Victim) Act

Sanctions and measures / Claim settlement

Evaluation of the Prejudgment Attachment (for the Benefit of the Victim) Act

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The Prejudgment Attachment (for the Benefit of the Victim) Act (hereinafter referred to as ‘prejudgment attachment’) came into effect on 1 January 2014. The purpose of this specific form of attachment is to make sure that the compensation for damage suffered by the victim (in the form of a compensation order) is actually paid by the convicted offender. The idea is that the attachment will prevent the situation in which no compensation can be recovered from a suspect because they took the opportunity to dispose of or encumber their assets, for example, in anticipation of their possible conviction and the requirement to compensate for the damage they caused. The following questions were formulated:

    1. How often is a prejudgment attachment applied and in what kinds of cases?
    2. How do the cases in which a prejudgment attachment is levied develop, how often is this followed by a compensation order, what are the financial aspects of this and what role does the prejudgment attachment play?
    3. Does the levy of a prejudgment attachment lead to the perpetrators paying the compensation to the victims more often, more comprehensively and more quickly?
    4. Does the prejudgment attachment for the benefit of victims achieve the objective for which it was designed?

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Goedvolk, M., Jongebreur, W., Maas-Vos, G. van der, Velpen, M. Vander
Significant, WODC
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