You do not have to have appeared as a witness in a criminal trial. You may have helped in the ‘administration of justice’. This includes things like reporting a crime or giving information to the police. The accused does not have to have been prosecuted or convicted of the crime for you to be able to claim compensation.
If you are in a close relationship to a witness who is victimised you may also be able to claim compensation for losses. This would be if you had a material loss from helping or caring for the witness.
If you can claim money through other means, such as private insurance, you won’t be able to make a claim under the scheme.
You can claim for losses such as:
If the assessor looking after your application agrees, you may also be able to claim for:
You can’t claim for:
You also can’t claim fees for appearing as a witness.
If you are in, or have been in the police witness protection programme, the scheme will only cover losses incurred before you went on the programme.
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