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1. Overview

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 shouldn’t 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, eg 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 represent yourself at the tribunal, but you may want to get help and advice before you appeal.

You can contact: