COVID-19 ALERT LEVEL 2 UPDATE

From 18 May 2020 and at Level 2 of the COVID-19 Alert level, the office of the Victims' Special Claims Tribunal and the office of the Criminal Justice Assistance Reimbursement Scheme will re-open to the public by appointment only. The Tribunal will continue to receive and process new matters and submissions sent via email. Decisions that have been finalised will be released and all matters that can proceed on the papers will be advanced.

Parties are encouraged to send documents via email in the first instance, followed by hard copies as necessary, sent by courier or post.

When prisoners or offenders are awarded money for wrongs that occur in the corrections or criminal justice systems, victims of their crimes are able to make a claim against that compensation through the Victims’ Special Claims Tribunal. People who have suffered destruction or loss of property, or lost earnings, as a direct result of helping police with a criminal case that is punishable by imprisonment, may be able to claim compensation through the Criminal Justice Assistance Reimbursement Scheme.

The Victims' Special Claims Tribunal

The Victims' Special Claims Tribunal was established under section 58 of the Prisoners' and Victims' Claims Act 2005. 

The tribunal's main function is to make a decision on victims' claims to decide whether victims are entitled to get any compensation that would otherwise be paid to the offender.

The Criminal Justice Assistance Reimbursement Scheme

The Criminal Justice Assistance Reimbursement Scheme was established in 1993 to compensate people who have suffered destruction or loss of property, or lost earnings, as a direct result of helping police with a criminal case that is punishable by imprisonment.

If you make a claim, it’ll be considered by an independent assessor from outside the Ministry of Justice.

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