Restitution in Pennsylvania
When a juvenile is adjudicated delinquent, the judge may require the juvenile to pay one or more of the following as part of the juvenile’s sentence or disposition: restitution, reparation, fees, fines, or costs. Typically, restitution is paid to victims to reimburse them for lost property or damage to their property. Reparation is also paid to victims to reimburse them for personal injury suffered. A fee could include things such as attorney’s fees. A fine is paid to the court or community as a penalty. A cost is assessed to reimburse the county for the expense of various administrative items associated with court proceedings.