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What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme?

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a fund which has been set up by the government to provide compensation to people who have suffered personal injury as a result of an assault or other violent offence which has been committed against them.

Getting compensation form the scheme does not depend on someone being convicted of a criminal offence. This means that people who are attacked may be entitled to compensation even if their attacker is never caught and charged or if he is charged but is found not-guilty of the crime.

The fund is controlled by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, which is a government organisation responsible for processing claims for compensation and deciding how much compensation should be awarded in each individual case.

What happens once a claim is made?
Once a claim is made, the Criminal Injuries Compensation authority takes charge of the case. Initially it will contact the police and obtain copies of police reports to check that the incident was properly recorded. Once it has seen the police reports, the authority will make a decision on whether or not it believes that the applicant is eligible for compensation. Reasons for deciding that the applicant is not eligible can include the fact that the applicant was to blame for the incident or for the injuries he sustained, or that the applicant failed to co-operate with police. If the applicant didn’t report the incident at the time and there is no police record, he is unlikely to be eligible for compensation. Once the authority has decided to investigate a case further it will look into witness statements and hospital records.

It can take the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority a long time to investigate claims, and most cases will take around a year to complete. In some very complex cases, it may take even longer for a final decision to be reached.

What compensation is awarded?
The amount of compensation which will be awarded depends on the types of injuries sustained, and any financial loss which you have suffered as a result of those injuries. Financial loss can include lost earnings due to time being off work, medical bills and expenses and the cost of providing special equipment to help rehabilitate you after your injury.

The Criminal Injuries Compensation authority has a minimum award of £1000 and if the injury and financial loss are worth less than this, the applicant will not receive any compensation. The maximum award which the tribunal can make is £500,000.

What happens if I disagree with a decision about compensation?
It is possible to appeal against a decision not to award compensation, or to limit the amount of compensation awarded. When a decision is appealed, the authority will first arrange for a review. This means that someone who was not connected with the original decision will consider the evidence and the paperwork and will determine whether the original decision was correct in the circumstances. If the review results in the same outcome as the original decision, it is possible to take the case to an independent tribunal called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel.

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4 Responses to “What Is The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme?”


    yes you do declare it if you want to but as its a cleaning job i can’t see them asking you to send for you records only you can do this and it comes direct to you to open if you were working with vulnerable people they can do checks on you but for this job i don’t think it applies every one deserves a second chance go for it say nothing if found out at least you gave it a go or u might end up never getting a job

  • Alan Mills:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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    But for a drop of blood…, February 23, 2005
    Alan Mills (Chicago, Illinois USA) –

    This review is from: Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA (Shannon Ravenel Books) (Hardcover)

    This is not a feel good story of how the justice system ultimately worked to save an innocent man.

    This is a terrifying story of how an innocent man was found guilty of a horrendous crime, not once, but twice, with full appellate review and decent lawyering at every level. A dozen people swore over and over that they saw him near the crime scene. Several testified that he made incriminating statements. All were dead wrong. He was no where near the crime scene. He never admitted to anything. Someone else killed that little girl–and remained free for a decade (and in fact raped others while Bloodsworth sat in prison).

    But for the fact that DNA analysis was perfected, Kurt Bloodsworth would still be in prison, serving a life sentence, never to see freedom again, all for a crime he had absolutely no connection with.

    But for the fact that an attorney filed a routine motion to preserve evidence, evidence which everyone agreed was useless, it would have been destroyed.

    But for a stubborn defense attorney who decided to retest evidence which everyone had claimed contained no useful fluids–there would have been nothing for to test for DNA.

    Sure Kurt Bloodsworth is special. All of these facts happened at the same time, at the right time, to enable him to prove he was innocent. But how many others are sitting in prison proclaiming their innocence do not have this “luck”–it is hard to use the word “luck” in connection with someone who spent over a decade in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and then another decade trying to prove he was innocent (not just “not guilty.”).

    Anyone who reads this book will come away with an entirely different view of the criminal justice system, the reliability of eyewitness testimony, and the infallibility of the police.

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  • Steve Hall:
    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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    The real world criminal justice system, September 13, 2004
    Steve Hall (Austin, TX USA) –

    This review is from: Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA (Shannon Ravenel Books) (Hardcover)

    In spite of all he has been through, Kirk Bloodsworth is a lucky man. Wrongly convicted of a brutal crime, Bloodsworth spent nine years in prison. He is a member of a growing club of men and women, 115 at the time of this book’s publication, who were sentenced to death before eventually being exonerated and cleared. The growing rolls of innocent people, exonerated and freed, is now causing reassement of how our criminal justice system works.

    During an attack in the prison, his name – Kirk Noble Bloodsworth – played a role in saving him. Today, his name is known because he was the first person to spend time on death row whose exoneration came about because of DNA evidence.

    This book is a roller coaster ride, and the drama doesn’t let up until the very last page. In spite of his exoneration, Bloodsworth’s prosecutor continued to state her belief that he was guilty. Ten years after his exoneration and release, another sample of evidence was finally tested and matched to the real murderer. Only then did Kirk Bloodsworth receive an apology from the prosecutor.

    Bloodsworth now speaks on behalf of The Justice Project, and advocates passage of federal legislation, the Innocence Protection Act. Author Tim Junkin and Bloodsworth are currently involved in a wide-ranging book tour and you may get the opportunity to hear Kirk Bloodsworth in person.

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  • Brady Buchanan:
    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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    Brady Buchanan (Henderson, NV United States) –

    This review is from: Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA (Shannon Ravenel Books) (Hardcover)

    This book has enough emotion in it to supply a host of other books. This true crime story will show you what the human being is capable of (both bad and good) in the name of Kirk Bloodsworth. He was convicted twice for the same crime and in the end it was proved without any doubt that he was innocent. He was on death row for many years and you learn all about a convict’s life in prison. There were only two people responsible for him being released and that was himself with incredible persistance over years and an attorney later on who finally believed him. Hundreds of death row inmates have been released due to DNA proof, but Kirk was the first. A gripping story that makes you turn the pages.

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