You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) if:

  • you asked the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to review their decision on your claim for compensation
  • you disagree with the decision of that review

You may want to appeal after CICA’s review if you’re refused compensation or you’re unhappy with the amount.

The tribunal can:

  • uphold CICA’s review decision
  • increase or reduce your award
  • decide you should not get anything
  • send your case back to CICA to consider again

You have 90 days to appeal to the tribunal from the date of CICA’s review decision. Explain why you’re late if you miss the deadline, for example if you’re waiting for medical reports.

The tribunal is independent of government and will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Help you can get

You can find victim and witness support in England and Wales and victim and witness support in Scotland.

You can represent yourself at the tribunal. To get help and advice before you appeal you can find a solicitor.