The Scheme covers cases of murder, manslaughter, assault, robberies, personal injury from acts of arson, rape, muggings etc.
The Scheme is administered by a body known as the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). The appointed Chairman is of wide legal experience and the other members of the Board are also legally/medically qualified.
The Board will consider applications in cases where:
1) Injury is bad enough to qualify for the minimum compensation presently £1,000.00.
2) There has been an appreciable degree of injury directly attributable to a criminal offence involving the use of force or an attempt by the victim acting as a member of the public to apprehend a criminal.
3) The circumstances of the injury have been reported promptly to the police.
4) The applicant is prepared to submit to a medical examination as directed by the Board.
5) Motoring offences are excluded – except where the vehicle has been used as a weapon i.e., a deliberate attempt to run the victim down.
6) Where the injury proves fatal, the dependants may be eligible to claim.
7) You did not contribute to the attack/incident. All claims must be submitted within two years of the date of the incident, giving rise to the injury. Levels of compensation are assessed on a tariff basis, details of which are contained within the Guide to the Scheme which is available from the Legal Services Department.