Fees and compensations

No fees are charged for criminal proceedings in a district court in cases where the charge is brought by the prosecutor.

If the defendant is found guilty of the offence, he or she is usually rendered liable to compensate the state for all the costs incurred in the case (for example compensations payable to witnesses, fees of the legal counsel and support person of the victim, and laboratory expenses).

The payment liability may, however, be reduced or completely waived, if it would be unreasonable for the defendant.

The court may order the offender to pay damages to the injured party. If the sentenced person fails to pay the damages voluntarily, the injured party may commence enforcement proceedings by submitting a copy of the judgment to the enforcement authorities.

Under certain conditions, the victim may also be eligible for compensation for criminal damage from state funds. Nevertheless, damages to property are compensated for only in exceptional cases. State-funded compensation must be separately applied for at the State Treasury. After the decision on the compensation is made, the state may order the offender to reimburse the state for the compensation.