You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation) if you disagree with a decision by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) on your claim for compensation.
You may want to appeal if you’re refused compensation or unhappy with the amount.
The tribunal can:
- uphold CICA’s decision
- increase or reduce your award
- decide you should not get anything
- ask CICA to make the decision 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 contact victim and witness support services for help and support.
You can represent yourself at the tribunal. To get help and advice before you appeal you can find a solicitor.