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Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel NI


The Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland (CICAPNI) is part of a new tariff based system for dealing with claims for compensation introduced from 1 May 2002 by the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002.

The Panel is a non-statutory tribunal with 18 Panel Members, including the Chairman, with its headquarters in Belfast. The Office is administered and funded by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service which is an Agency of the Department of Justice for Northern Ireland. It operates independently of the Compensation Services.

The Panel's role is to determine appeals against reviewed decisions made by the Compensation Service arising from claims for criminal injuries compensation for incidents that occurred on and after 1 May 2002.

Schemes for the payment of compensation to the victims of crimes of violence have been in existence in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. For all incidents happening before 1 May 2002 claims for compensation made to the Compensation Services are dealt with under either the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) Order (Northern Ireland) 1988, the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) Order (Northern Ireland) 1977 or the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) Order (Northern Ireland) 1968 and payment is made on the basis of common law damages. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Services will continue to administer the old Schemes in parallel with the new Scheme in order to resolve outstanding claims for compensation made before 1 May 2002. Appeals under the old Schemes will continue to be dealt with by the County Court for the foreseeable future.

The new Schemes makes changes to both the administration and the substance of compensation for criminal injuries. The most significant are that payments, which were formally made on an ex-gratia basis, are now made as of right; a victim's general damages for pain and suffering and loss of amenity have been replaced by a tariff of awards; and the entitlement to and amount of awards are now assessed by claims officers, who are civil servants employed by the Agency. The rules as to eligibility for an award generally remain unaltered.

Injuries sustained after the 1st April 2009 will fall under the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2009

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Chairman and Panel Members CV's

Below are the names and some background information on the Chairman and Panel Members of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland.


Mrs Patricia McKaigue qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 and lives in Belfast. She has over thirty years experience working in both the private and public sectors.

Panel Members

Mr Harry Black is a retired barrister. He has over 30 years experience appearing for clients in the Northern Ireland Courts, mostly in matters of criminal law, personal injury litigation and criminal injury appeals. He is also a part-time, legally qualified member of the Appeals Service of Northern Ireland and is Co-Chairman of the Care Tribunal of Northern Ireland.

Mr Francis Farrelly is a self-employed Barrister at Law practising in general civil and criminal work. He is a part-time Chairman of a Social Security Appeals Panel. He is also a Member of the Northern Ireland Valuation Tribunal.

Mrs Frances Gawn was a nurse, midwife and health visitor who has had experience in the statutory voluntary and private sectors both in Northern Ireland and England. Has been a member of numerous working groups both locally and nationally and a campaigner for service standards.

Mr Robert Hall, OBE QGM MA MCIPD is a retired senior police officer. He lives in Co Antrim and is currently working as a part-time training consultant nationally.

Mr Con McAlister is a self-employed Solicitor. He holds a number of other public appointments including, part-time Chairman of the Appeals Service of Northern Ireland, part-time President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal, Deputy Chairman of the Central Service Agency's Discipline Committees.

Dr Robin McKee is a retired General Practitioner and former Medical Director for North and West Belfast HSS Trust. He has extensive experience in both Disability and Social Security Appeals Panels.

Mrs Elizabeth Monaghan is a practising Solicitor and a member of the Western Health and Social Services Board Discipline Committee.

Mr David Moore is an early-retired lecturer in Law at the Queen's University of Belfast. A former General Commissioner of Income Tax and former Chairman of the Housing Benefit Review Board, Western Area, and of the Agriculture Appeals Panel, he is Presiding Lay Magistrate for Northern Ireland and a member of the First-tier Tribunals (Tax Chamber). A member of the Rent Assessment Panel for Northern Ireland, he also sits as a Member of the Exceptional Circumstances Body (DENI). Formerly Chairman of the Northern Ireland Water Council and a Member of the Consumer Council he is currently a Member of the Trustees, National Museums Northern Ireland. He has a seat on the Northern Ireland Judges’ Council. 

Dr Marie Goss Phd A.B.Ps.S was admitted as a member of the Health Professionals Council in May 2011 and the British Psychological Society in May 1982.
Dr Goss currently works as an independent practitioner and provides sessional clinical neuropsychology input to a multi-professional team providing community based rehabilitation for people following acquired brain injury and stroke.  She has a direct clinical role, offering specialist assessment, formulation and intervention to clients and families.  She is also providing a clinical service to Headway Belfast.
From January 1988 to June 2012 Dr Goss worked for the NHS, South and East Belfast Trust and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.  Throughout this period she has held Consultant Clinical Psychologist positions in the area of Neuropsychology and Acquired Brain Injury Services, Older Adults and Active Mental Health Services.
Dr Goss has recently completed a service review for a healthcare provider, with a remit to review existing service provision within a specified geographical region and makes recommendations as to how services should be configured to ensure maximum benefit to the client group, whilst operating within existing resources.

Dr Gerard Lynch MD. FRCPsych is currently employed by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust as a Consultant Psychiatrist and a Clinical Director in the Mental Health Directorate of the Trust.  He has been a psychiatrist since 1994 and currently leads in the crisis resolution home treatment team (CRHTT).
His duties include the assessment and management in the community of those whose mental illness is so acute as to require intensive multidisciplinary treatment and monitoring.  He works as one of two consultants in the CRHTT and receives 250 referrals per month with patients who present as acute psychiatric emergencies and carrying out assessments and formulating treatment plans.  Dr Lynch also works with the Team Leader to provide supervision to other members of the team and ensure proper governance arrangements are in place.
He has been a Clinical Director since 2003 and has a wide range of management responsibilities including the investigation of complaints and adverse events, service planning and management of medical staff.

Dr Ian Ryans completed his vocational training as a General Medical Practitioner in 1992.  He has been practicing as a partner at Dundonald Medical Centre since 2007. He was previously a partner at Castle Practice, Carrickfergus between 1996 and 2007.
Dr Ryans has a particular interest in musculoskeletal conditions. Between 1994 and 2013 he worked on a sessional basis for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust as a Hospital Practitioner in Rheumatology.  He has undertaken and published research projects on the management of painful shoulder.  He continues to be involved in the development of musculoskeletal and rheumatology services in the primary care sector.
Dr Ryans has been a Medical Member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal since 1994.

Dr Eileen Atchison MB BCh BAO,MRCGGP DCH DRCOG DCCH DSRH DPsychsex has been a principle in General Practice since 1985, having obtained training and additional qualifications in child and women’s health, and her MRCGP in 1994.
She is currently senior partner working part time in a semi- rural practice of 7900 patients.
She became a GP trainer in 1990 and is still actively involved in training and education at undergraduate and postgraduate level with attached speciality trainees.
She was appointed as a Speciality Doctor in Community Sexual Health by Belfast Trust in 1990 and continues with this post weekly.  This post also involves teaching medical students as part of gynaecology training.
She pursued her interest in psychosexual medicine, obtaining Diplomat level.
She was appointed as a part-time medical member of the Appeals Service in 1989 and has continued in this post, assessing as a panel member for DLA and ESA appeals.

Dr Kate Roddie was a General Practitioner who took early retirement from a Group Practice and was one of the founding members of the South East Belfast GP out of hours service and a former fundholding director of Eastern Multifund.
She had also been company Doctor in Northern Ireland for a large multinational company.
Since 1989, she has been a Disability Analyst, examining across all benefits.  Latterly, she advised Decision Makers, medical professionals and the Compensation Recovery Unit and had been training Health Care Professionals in benefit examination guidelines and assessments.

Dr Chris Kelly is a Consultant Psychiatrist currently working in private practice.  He has 24 years experience working as a consultant in the Belfast and Northern Trusts.
He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Queens University Belfast.  He has an extensive research experience in mood disorders and the pharmacological treatment of mental disorders. Dr Kelly has been involved in teaching students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, from a range of disciplines.
In addition he acts as a medical assessor for the General Osteopathic Council in London and has involvement as an independent psychiatrist in serious incident reviews for trusts locally in Northern Ireland.

Mr Noel Joseph Phoenix was admitted to the Law Society of Northern Ireland in 1983.  Mr Phoenix is currently a Director with Trevor Smyth & Co Limited. Mr Phoenix was appointed as a Notary Public in 2006.
Mr Phoenix also holds the following positions:

  • Part-time lecturer at Queens University Belfast (undergraduate and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies);
  • Legal Member of the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal;
  • Independent Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland;
  • Member of the Law Society of Northern Ireland Rights of Audience Committee; and
  • Member of the Committee of Belfast Solicitors Association.

Mr Martin O’Brien was called to the Bar in 1989 and has been in independent practice at the Northern Ireland Bar since 1990.

Mr O’Brien specialised in Employment & Discrimination Law claims before the Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (ITFET) and in 1998 was appointed a fee-paid Chairman of ITFET, and continued to practice and chair tribunals until 2009.
  • Mr O’Brien also holds the following positions:
  • Part-time lecturer and academic course co-ordinator at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies (Queens University Belfast);  and
    Fee-Paid Chairman (Legal Member) of the Social Security and the Disability Appeal Tribunals.
Dr Nathan Nagamuttu Nathan. Dr Nathan’s most recent role is Associate Post Graduate Dean. This role involves being responsible for managing doctors with performing difficulties and providing them additional remedial training, working with regulatory bodies such as General Medical Council as a medical advisor in cases of doctors subject to legal proceedings  and disciplinary proceedings. Dr Nathan also attends fitness to practice hearings to provide evidence to GMC working with health authorities as advisor in terms of standards of practice of doctors across the three countries of Surrey, Sussex and Kent.
Ms Cathy McGalie
Ms McGalie was admitted to the Law Society of England and Wales in 2002 and the Law Society of Northern Ireland in 2005. In 2006, she commenced employment as a Senior Public Prosecutor in the Public Prosecution Service of Northern Ireland. Ms McGalie has recently joined the family business in a private manufacturing firm.



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