Direct restitution is an often overlooked area for possible issues in all criminal cases. This session from the CCAP 2008 Guilty Plea Workshop session covers things to check for in the court's victim-restitution order.
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The California Judges Benchguide (PDF) on restitution is an invaluable resource to kick start your research when handling a restitution appeal.
This chart (PDF) prepared by the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board lists the direct victim restitution statutes and the restitution fine statute, and cross-references sections of the benchguide which will provide cases on point.