Victims' Special Claims Tribunal

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.

Victims’ Special Claims Trust account

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.

Public notice that compensation was awarded to the offender

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.

COVID-19 protocol

  1. This protocol has been set during the continuation of the Level 4 COVID-19 alert.
  2. At Level 4 of the alert system, people are instructed to stay at home, unless involved in an essential service which cannot be done from home, and travel is strictly limited. The Victims Special Claims Tribunal is not classified as providing essential services. Therefore, the business of this Tribunal will cease while the Level 4 lockdown remains active.
  3. Because of the Prime Minister’s announcement:

    • All work of Victims Special Claims Tribunal, including the processing of new claims or finalising existing claims, is suspended until we cease to be at Level 4.

Judge Blackie
Chair Victims Special Claims Tribunal
6 April 2020

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