Restitution Hearing Law and Legal Definition

A restitution hearing is a hearing that is held if the offender or victim challenges the amount of restitution ordered by the judge or the validity of the expenses submitted by the victims. It can also be held to determine if restitution is owed, and if so, how much is owed. Restitution is a monetary payment sometimes ordered to be made as part of a judgment in negligence and/or contracts cases to restore a loss. A restitution hearing can be requested by either the defendant or the victim. The victims requesting restitution may be called to court to document their expenses with copies of bills, receipts or other confirmation of loss.