Recent amendments to the Rules of Criminal Procedure aim to standardize the procedures by which restitution is awarded in criminal cases. Central to these amendments is new Rule 705.1, which reminds the sentencing judge to impose restitution if appropriate and provides a list of elements the judge should include in the sentencing order to identify the details of the award and assist in its collection. Comments to the new rule require the sentencing judge to make clear in the sentencing order whether restitution is awarded as part of a sentence or as a condition of probation. More detailed information is available in the Final Report of the Criminal Procedural Rules Committee. The Supreme Court’s March
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