During a Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA) application the claimant will be given written notification detailing all important decisions in addition to information regarding eligibility for internal review by a more senior case officer and appeals to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP). A CICA appeal solicitor can request review or appeal of decisions taken by the CICA at every stage of the application process.
The CICA includes case review forms when submitting the written notice of its decision to a claimant. A claimant can appeal the CICA’s decision by requesting a review by a more senior case officer. If the claimant is unhappy with the senior officer’s decision they can appeal it.
The CICA gives 30 days notice from the date of their decision for the claimant to appeal. If new evidence is availed which proves that the awarded amount is unfair, the CICA can increase or reduce the proposed compensation.
The claimant is also eligible to further appeal the CICA’s decision to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel (CICAP) for reconsideration.
Written notification of CICA’s initial decision including appeal forms is used to make an appeal to the CICAP. The CICAP is an independent body whose decisions are binding.
In addition the CICA may re-open a case within 2 years however at its discretion the CICA can extend that period.
There are several reasons why an application can be rejected or the compensation amount reduced by the CICA. Subject to appeal to CICAP, the CICA has the right to refuse or reduce an award if:-