Victims Unclaimed Restitution

Restitution is one of the most significant factors affecting the satisfaction of victims with the criminal justice process. In cases where someone is found guilty of a criminal act, the person may be ordered to pay restitution. Restitution that has not been claimed from the collecting agency within 2-years of being ordered is transferred to the Crime Victims Emergency Fund to be held for an additional 3-years. During the 3-years that the Crime Victims Emergency Fund is required to hold restitution any person or entity due restitution as defined in O.C.G.A. 17-14-2 may complete and submit an Unclaimed Restitution Request Form to receive restitution funds that have been ordered to the person or entity. Requests will be verified to ensure that the person making the claim is in fact entitled to such restitution. Any restitution funds that have not been claimed within five years will be deposited into the Georgia Crime Victims Emergency Fund and funds will no longer be available for restitution payment to the victim (a person or entity).

If you have any additional questions regarding the Victims Unclaimed Restitution Program, please call the Crime Victims Compensation Program at 800-547-0060, or email victims.info@cjcc.ga.gov for additional information.

DISCLAIMER: The information listed above only outlines some of the eligibility requirements for the program. There may be other factors that are not mentioned in this document that factor into our eligibility determination. If you have any questions, please call the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at the number listed above.