The courts would like the ability to prioritize restitution recepients in cases where restitution is owed to multiple victims.
The problem occurs when one recipient has a large amount of restitution ordered and another victim has a small amount ordered. The payments made by the def are split proportionally between the recipients. This creates alot of small payables to issue or hold on books until they are sufficient to cut a check.
Example - A vehicle accident is invlolved in a case with restitution ordered to insurance company and an individual for deductible.
Recipient 1 - Insurance Company - $5,000
Recipient 2 - Vehicle owner - $100 (deductible)
Currently if the defendant makes a payment - the payments would be split proportionally to each victim. (Breakdown for a $50 pmt is Approx $49.02 to Recipient 1 and $.98 to Recipient 2.
The court can either cut a $.98 check with each payment or hold until the amount is sufficient to cut a check. (12 monthly payments of $50 only total $11.76 for recipient#2)
If able to prioritize court would put recipient #2 payable 1st and Recipient payable 2nd.
Current set-up can should/ remain as defalult setting. Would like the ability to prioritize when ordered and/or needed.