Ancillary orders may be imposed on individuals by judges or magistrates. Depending on the type of order, this can occur following either conviction or acquittal for an offence. This need for something for the order to be attached to, whether that be a sentencing exercise or an acquittal, is why the word ancillary is used.
The aim of these orders varies depending on the type that is imposed. The majority are aimed at preventing re-offending, such as restraining orders and criminal behaviour orders. On the other hand, some – like compensation orders and restitution orders – are made to attempt to redress harm caused by that individual to a person or property.
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