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Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Northern Ireland

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The Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 came into effect on 1 May 2002. It introduced the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002 . It also made provision for the establishment of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel for Northern Ireland, which acts totally independently of the Compensation Services.

The Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2009 is a Tariff based scheme for the payment of compensation in cases of criminal injury, where the injury was sustained on or after 1 April 2009 in Northern Ireland.

Cases of historic sexual abuse between 11th June 1968 and 30th April 2002 may also be considered under this scheme if they would have failed under previous legislation because they were not made within the required time limit. PLEASE NOTE that if the incidents happened between 11th June 1968 & 30th June 1988 and the victim lived in the same household as the offender no compensation can be paid. Please see the "Child abuse and the NI Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme Guide" listed in our guide section for further information.

The Panel is funded by the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service (NICTS). The Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission appoints the chairman and panel members. The membership is drawn mainly from the legal and medical professions but includes lay members. The Panel is supported by a Branch Manager and administrative staff with its headquarters located at:

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel Northern Ireland

The Tribunals Hearing Centre
2nd Floor, Royal Courts of Justice
Chichester Street
Belfast BT1 3JF

Tel: 0300 200 7812


The purpose of the Appeals Panel is to support the victims of violent crime by determining promptly, impartially, fairly and independently in accordance with the Scheme, appeals against review decisions made by the Compensation Services.