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The Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002

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Compensation for criminal injuriesN.I.

3.—(1) The [F1Department of Justice shall make arrangements for the payment by it] of compensation to, or in respect of, persons who have sustained one or more criminal injuries in Northern Ireland.

(2) Any such arrangements shall include the making of a scheme providing, in particular, for—

(a)the circumstances in which awards may be made; and

(b)the categories of person to whom awards may be made.

(3) The scheme shall be known as the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.

(4) The Scheme may, in particular, include provision as to the circumstances in which an injury is to be treated for the purposes of the Scheme as having been sustained in Northern Ireland.

(5) The Scheme shall come into operation on such day or days as the Secretary of State may appoint.

(6) Where the Secretary of State appoints a day under paragraph (5) for the coming into operation of any provision of the Scheme, he may make such transitional provision as appears to him to be necessary or expedient in connection with the coming into operation of that provision.

(7) The Secretary of State shall lay before [F2the Assembly] a statement of any appointment made under paragraph (5) and any transitional provisions made under paragraph (6).

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