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Criminal injuries compensation

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government scheme that was put in place to compensate victims of violent crime, when no other source of compensation is available.
Victims are required to make an application to the scheme directly or they can have a lawyer help them to make the application. 

The scheme is intended to cover a range of situations and injuries – for example, people suffering injuries following an assault on a night, victims of domestic or sexual abuse or dependency awards for children who have lost relatives as a result of violent crimes. However, it is widely agreed that the levels of compensation obtained through the scheme can often be much more modest than they would be if compensation was awarded for the same injuries and situations via the civil courts.

It is believed by the operators of the scheme that victims who choose to make applications to the scheme do not require assistance and the scheme therefore, does not make provisions to help pay for any legal assistance. However, it is often found that the more serious the injury, the more complex the scheme can become, and the more realistic it is that victims making the application need help to access the compensation they are entitled to.

Because of the lack of provisions made for people to obtain assistance with applying to the scheme, many law firms are reluctant to deal with CICA matters. However, Atherton Godfrey has a great deal of experience in assisting victims of violent crimes in successfully obtaining compensation via the CICA scheme and is happy to consider all cases – whether they are new cases or cases where application decisions have already been made. If it is something that we can assist with, we are happy to consider the use of a ‘no win no fee’ agreement.

If you would like to discuss a possible CICA claim with a member of our friendly team, please do not hesitate to call us on 01302 320621 or email



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