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 system, the victims of their crimes are able to make a claim against that compensation.
The Victims’ Special Claims Tribunal decides whether or not a victim is entitled to any of the money awarded to the offender.
The amount the victim can claim is not limited to the amount of money awarded to the offender.
When a victim makes a claim, a District Court judge will decide whether or not they should get any of the offender’s compensation.
The process starts when an offender is awarded compensation. The offender does not get the money straight away. The money is paid into the Victims' Special Claims Trust account and remains there until the victims’ claims process is complete.
The Secretary of the tribunal will make every effort to tell the offender’s victims about their right to make a claim.
Notices will be published on this website, in the New Zealand Gazette, and in the daily newspapers in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The notice will include the offender's name, the amount of money paid into the trust account, and the date by which victims must file a claim.
The Secretary will also contact other government agencies to ask whether they can help with locating victims.
Because of the Prime Minister’s announcement:
Chair Victims Special Claims Tribunal
6 April 2020
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