What happens next when you apply for criminal injuries compensation
How does CICA handle my application?
When we receive your completed application form, we will give you a personal reference number. This helps us identify your case quickly when you contact us.
The onus is on you to prove that you are eligible for an award. This means that you will need to provide us with the evidence we need to decide your case. We will write to you to let you know what evidence we require.
In addition to the evidence you provide, we will get a report from the police. This helps us assess whether you are eligible. We will not investigate your claim further until we know that you are likely to meet the basic eligibility criteria.
We may need more information before we can make a final decision. It takes time to collect this information but we will work closely with the police and any other relevant party to get it as quickly as possible. We will write to tell you about our progress.
If you need help or advice while we are working on your claim you can call the helpline on 0300 003 3601.
The Next Steps
Our aim is to progress applications as quickly as possile while investigating claims fairly. In general, the more complex cases will take longer as they are likely to involve claims for loss of earnings or future medical expenses. We may also need to wait until your medical prognosis is clear.
Wherever possible, we settle applications by offering a single payment - a final award. But we can only do this if your medical condition and financial losses are clear. If there is likely to be a long delay in getting this information, but you are clearly eligible for an award, we may be able to pay some of the money before the final award is made. We call this an interim payment and we would deduct it from your final payment.
What do you do with my personal information?
We keep and use the information you provide under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998. This means you can ask to see all the personal information we have about you.
What happens when CICA make their decision?
As soon as we make a decision, we will write to tell you or your representative what it is.
If we have reduced or refused an award, we will tell you why.
What do I do if I agree with CICA's decision?
If you wish to accept our decision, you will need to sign the acceptance form and return it to us.
We need your written acceptance of an award within 56 days of the date the decision was issued. If we do not get this within 56 days and you do not apply for a review, we may withdraw the award.
What if I disagree with CICA's decision?
Asking for a review
If you disagree with our decision, you can ask for it to be reviewed. We send you a review form and a guide to review procedures when we issue the first decision. The person who made the first decision will not make the review decision.
Appealing against the review decision
If you disagree with our review decision you can appeal to the Tribunals Service - Criminal Injuries Compensation (TS), who are independent of us. We will send you an appeal form and a guide to appeal procedures when we issue the review decision.
How are the awards paid?
We pay awards electronically to bank or building society accounts. The Authority will only accept an instruction to pay the award to you or your solicitor.
Special arrangements for payment of awards
We may sometimes need to make special arrangements for paying an award, to take account of the circumstances of the victim or other relevant issues.
For example, if the victim is a child we will generally retain the award in an interest-bearing bank account until the child is 18 years old. Where an adult is legally defined as not capable of managing their own affairs we will normally pay their award to the person who has legal authority to manage their finances or it may be paid into a trust for the applicant’s benefit.