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Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988

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Payment of compensation for criminal injuries

3.—(1) Subject to and in accordance with the provisions of this Order, where a person sustains a criminal injury in Northern Ireland after the coming into operation of this Order the Secretary of State shall, on application made to him, pay compensation.

(2) Where the victim of a criminal injury survives, compensation shall only be payable—

(a)to the victim in respect of—

(i)expenses actually and reasonably incurred as a result of his injury and any other expenses resulting directly from his injury which it is reasonable and proper to make good to him out of public funds;

(ii)pecuniary loss to him as a result of total or partial incapacity for work;

(iii)other pecuniary loss resulting from his injury;

(iv)his pain and suffering and loss of amenities;

(v)certain consequences of rape in accordance with Article 9;

(b)to any person responsible for the maintenance of the victim in respect of—

(i)expenses actually and reasonably incurred as a result of the victim’s injury;

(ii)pecuniary loss resulting from the victim’s injury.

(3) Where the victim of a criminal injury dies as a result of the injury, compensation shall only be payable—

(a)to the victim’s relatives in respect of—

(i)expenses actually and reasonably incurred as a result of the victim’s injury or death and any other expenses resulting directly from the victim’s injury or death which it is reasonable and proper to make good to his relatives out of public funds;

(ii)pecuniary loss resulting from the victim’s injury or death;

(b)to the spouse or parents of the victim in respect of bereavement;

(c)if the victim has no relatives, to any person who has incurred expenses as a result of the victim’s injury or death in respect of such expenses actually and reasonably incurred.

(4) Where the victim of a criminal injury dies otherwise than as a result of the injury, compensation shall only be payable—

(a)to the victim’s relatives in respect of—

(i)expenses actually and reasonably incurred by the victim as a result of his injury;

(ii)pecuniary loss suffered by the victim as a result of his injury between the date of his injury and the date of his death;

(b)to any person who has incurred expenses as a result of the victim’s injury in respect of such expenses actually and reasonably incurred.

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