Who are the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)?

Who are the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government-funded organisation that provides financial compensation to victims of violent crime in England, Scotland, and Wales.

The CICA was established in 1964 and has since then been helping victims of violent crime recover compensation for their injuries and losses.

Purpose of the CICA

The purpose of the CICA is to provide financial support to victims of violent crime who have suffered injuries or losses as a result of the incident.

The CICA’s aim is to help victims recover from their injuries and losses by providing financial assistance to cover costs such as medical expenses, lost earnings, and other related expenses.

How the CICA Operates

The CICA operates on a tariff of injuries, which determines the amount of compensation that victims can receive based on the severity of their injuries.

The CICA will also award compensation for losses resulting from the incident, such as lost earnings or medical expenses.

The amount of compensation awarded is determined by the CICA’s rules and guidelines, which take into account the severity of the injuries and losses sustained by the victim.

Eligibility for Compensation

To be eligible for compensation from the CICA, victims must meet certain eligibility criteria.

They must have been the victim of a violent crime that occurred in England, Scotland, or Wales, reported the crime to the police as soon as reasonably possible, cooperated with the police during their investigation, and made their application for compensation to the CICA within two years of the incident. You can see further eligibility criteria here.

Compensation Limits

The amount of compensation awarded by the CICA is subject to certain limits.

The minimum amount of compensation that can be awarded is £1,000 for minor injuries, while the maximum amount of compensation that can be awarded is £500,000 for the most serious injuries.

The CICA may also take into account any criminal convictions or unspent convictions of the victim during the application process, which may affect the amount of compensation awarded.

Application Process

To apply for compensation from the CICA, victims must complete an application form and provide evidence to support their claim, such as medical records or police reports.

The CICA will then review the application and make a decision on whether to award compensation, based on their rules and guidelines.

If the victim needs help with the application process or has any questions about eligibility, it’s recommended to seek the help of a legal professional or advocate who has experience with the process.

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