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PART IN.I.INTRODUCTORY

Citation and commencementN.I.

1.—(1) This Order may be cited as the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.

(2) This Order shall come into operation on such day or days as the Secretary of State may by order appointF1.

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F1fully exercised by SR 2002/148, 205

InterpretationN.I.

2.—(1) The Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954F2 shall apply to Article 1 and the following provisions of this Order as it applies to an Act of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(2) In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires—

  • “award” means an award of compensation made in accordance with the provisions of the Scheme;

  • “the Board” means the Commissioners of Inland Revenue;

  • “compensation” means compensation payable under an award;

  • “criminal injury”, “loss of earnings” and “special expenses” have such meaning as may be specified;

  • “income-based jobseeker's allowance” and “joint-claim couple” have the same meaning as in the Jobseeker's (Northern Ireland) Order 1995F3;

  • “the Scheme” means the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme;

  • “specified” means specified by the Scheme; and

  • “statutory provision” has the meaning assigned to it by section 1(f) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.

(3) Any reference in this Order to the making of an award, or the payment of any sum, to a person includes a reference to the making of the award, or the payment of the sum, for the benefit of that person.

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PART IIN.I.NORTHERN IRELAND CRIMINAL INJURIES COMPENSATION SCHEME

Compensation for criminal injuriesN.I.

3.—(1) The [F4Department 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 [F5the Assembly] a statement of any appointment made under paragraph (5) and any transitional provisions made under paragraph (6).

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Basis on which compensation is to be calculatedN.I.

4.—(1) The amount of compensation payable under an award shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of the Scheme.

(2) Provision shall be made for—

(a)a standard amount of compensation, determined by reference to the nature of the injury;

(b)in such cases as may be specified, an additional amount of compensation calculated with respect to loss of earnings;

(c)in such cases as may be specified, an additional amount of compensation calculated with respect to special expenses; and

(d)in cases of fatal injury to a person, a bereavement support payment to acknowledge the grief and sorrow caused by the death of that person and the loss of that person's care, guidance and society, and such additional amounts as may be specified or otherwise determined in accordance with the Scheme.

(3) Provision shall be made for the standard amount to be determined—

(a)in accordance with a table ( “the Tariff”) prepared by the Secretary of State as part of the Scheme and such other provisions of the Scheme as may be relevant; or

(b)where no such provision is made in the Tariff with respect to the injury in question, in accordance with such provisions of the Scheme as may be relevant.

(4) The Tariff shall show, in respect of each description of injury mentioned in the Tariff, the standard amount of compensation payable in respect of that description of injury.

(5) An injury may be described in the Tariff in such a way, including by reference to the nature of the injury, its severity or the circumstances in which it was sustained, as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(6) The Secretary of State may at any time alter any provision of the Scheme, and may in particular alter the Tariff—

(a)by adding to the descriptions of injury mentioned there;

(b)by removing a description of injury;

(c)by increasing or reducing the amount shown as the standard amount of compensation payable in respect of a particular description of injury; or

(d)in such other way as he considers appropriate.

(7) The Scheme may—

(a)provide for amounts of compensation not to exceed such maximum amounts as may be specified;

(b)include such transitional provision with respect to any alteration of its provisions relating to compensation as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

Claims and awardsN.I.

5.—(1) The Scheme shall include provision for claims for compensation to be determined and awards and payments of compensation to be made by the Secretary of State.

(2) The Scheme may, in particular, include provision—

(a)as to the circumstances in which an award may be withheld or the amount of compensation reduced;

(b)for an award to be made subject to conditions;

(c)for the whole or any part of any compensation to be repayable in specified circumstances;

(d)for compensation to be held subject to trusts, in such cases as may be determined in accordance with the Scheme;

(e)requiring claims under the Scheme to be made within such periods as may be specified by the Scheme; and

(f)imposing other time limits.

(3) Where, in accordance with any provision of the Scheme, it falls to one person to satisfy another as to any matter, the standard of proof required shall be that applicable in civil proceedings.

(4) Where, in accordance with any provision of the Scheme made by virtue of paragraph (2)(c), any amount falls to be repaid it shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Crown.

(5) The Scheme may include provision requiring the Chief Constable to provide to a person making a claim under the Scheme a copy of any document relevant to that claim which he supplies to the Secretary of State, unless the Chief Constable would not be compelled to give that document in evidence or produce it in civil proceedings before the High Court.

ReviewsN.I.

6.  The Scheme shall include provision for the review, in such circumstances as may be specified, of any decision taken in respect of a claim for compensation.

AppealsN.I.

7.—(1) The Scheme shall include provision—

(a)for rights of appeal against decisions taken on reviews under provisions of the Scheme made by virtue of Article 6; and

(b)for such appeals to be determined by persons ( “adjudicators”) appointed for the purpose by the [F6Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission].

(2) The Scheme may include provision—

(a)for adjudicators to be appointed as members of a body having responsibility (in accordance with the provisions of the Scheme) for dealing with appeals;

(b)for the appointment by the [F6Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission] of one of the members of that body to be its chairman;

(c)for the appointment of staff by the Secretary of State for the purpose of administering those provisions of the Scheme which relate to the appeal system.

(3) Any person appointed under this Article by the Secretary of State [F7or the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission]

(a)shall be appointed on such terms and conditions as the [F8person making the appointment determines] ; but

(b)shall not be regarded as having been appointed to exercise functions of the Secretary of State or to act on his behalf.

[F9(3A) For an appointment by the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Commission, the terms and conditions mentioned in paragraph (3)(a) are to be determined with the agreement of the [F10Department of Justice].]

(4) No decision taken by an adjudicator shall be regarded as having been taken by, or on behalf of, the Secretary of State.

(5) The Scheme shall include provision as to the giving of advice by adjudicators to the Secretary of State.

(6) F11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7) The power conferred by Article 5(2)(a) to provide for the reduction of an amount of compensation includes power to provide for a reduction where, in the opinion of the adjudicator or adjudicators determining an appeal, the appeal is frivolous or vexatious.

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Reports, accounts and financial recordsN.I.

8.—(1) As soon as possible after the end of each financial year, the Secretary of State shall make an annual report on the operation of the Scheme during that financial year.

(2) The Scheme shall include provision—

(a)for such person as the Secretary of State considers appropriate to make an annual report to him on the operation of those provisions of the Scheme which relate to the appeal system; and

(b)for the report—

(i)to be made as soon as possible after the end of each financial year; and

(ii)to cover the operation of those provisions during the year to which it relates.

(3) The Secretary of State shall lay before [F12the Assembly] a copy of every annual report made under paragraph (1) or (2).

(4) The Scheme shall also include provision—

(a)for such person as the Secretary of State considers appropriate—

(i)to keep proper accounts in connection with the administration of those provisions of the Scheme which relate to the appeal system;

(ii)to keep proper records in relation to the accounts;

(iii)to prepare a statement of accounts in each financial year in such form as the Secretary of State may direct;

(b)requiring such a statement of accounts to be submitted to the Secretary of State at such time as the Secretary of State may direct.

(5) Where such a statement of accounts is submitted to the Secretary of State, he shall send a copy of it to the Comptroller and Auditor General [F13for Northern Ireland] within one month of receiving it.

(6) The Comptroller and Auditor General [F14for Northern Ireland] shall—

(a)examine, certify and report on any statement of accounts sent to him under paragraph (5); and

(b)lay copies of the statement and of his report before [F15the Assembly].

(7) In this Article “financial year” means the period beginning with the day on which this Article comes into operation and ending with the following 31st March and each successive period of 12 months.

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Approval of the SchemeN.I.

9.—(1) Before making the Scheme, the Secretary of State shall lay a draft of it before [F16the Assembly].

(2) The Secretary of State shall not make the Scheme unless the draft has been approved by a resolution of [F17the Assembly].

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Alterations to the SchemeN.I.

10.—(1) Before making any alteration to—

(a)the Tariff,

(b)any provision of the Scheme 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,

(c)any provision of the Scheme made by virtue of Article 4(2)(b) to (d) (additional amounts of compensation and bereavement support payments),

(d)any provision of the Scheme as to the circumstances in which compensation may be payable with respect to a criminal injury of a kind for which no provision is made by the Tariff,

(e)any provision of the Scheme as to the calculation of compensation in respect of multiple injuries,

(f)any provision of the Scheme made by virtue of Article 4(7)(a) (limit on compensation),

(g)any provision of the Scheme as to the circumstances in which an award may be withheld or compensation reduced,

(h)any provision of the Scheme which gives a right of appeal, or

(i)any provision of the Scheme which specifies the circumstances in which an appeal is to be dealt with by a hearing,

the Secretary of State shall lay before [F18the Assembly] a draft of the provision as proposed to be altered.

(2) Where the Secretary of State is required to lay a draft before [F19the Assembly] under paragraph (1), he shall not give effect to the proposal concerned unless the draft has been approved by a resolution of [F20the Assembly].

(3) Whenever any provision of the Scheme other than one mentioned in paragraph (1) is altered, the Secretary of State shall lay a statement of the altered provision before [F21the Assembly].

(4) If any statement laid before [F22the Assembly] under paragraph (3) is disapproved by a resolution of [F23the Assembly] passed before the end of the [F24statutory period next after] the date on which the statement was laid, the Secretary of State shall—

(a)make such alterations in the Scheme as appear to him to be required in the circumstances; and

(b)before the end of the [F25statutory period] beginning with the date on which the resolution was made, lay a statement of those alterations before [F26the Assembly].

(5) F27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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PART IIIN.I.MISCELLANEOUS

Advice, assistance and support for victimsN.I.

11.  The Secretary of State shall inform persons seeking compensation for criminal injuries sustained in Northern Ireland of any body designated by him for the purposes of this Article as a body providing advice, assistance and support to persons seeking compensation for such injuries.

Disclosure of informationN.I.

12.—(1) The Secretary of State may supply the Department for Social Development with information about any award made to—

(a)a person who is (either as an individual or as a member of a joint-claim couple) in receipt of income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance, or

(b)a person whose capital is treated, for the purposes of income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance, as the capital of a person or joint-claim couple in receipt of that benefit.

(2) The Secretary of State may supply the Department of Finance and Personnel or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive with information about any award made to—

(a)a person who is in receipt of housing benefit, or

(b)a person whose capital is, for the purposes of housing benefit, treated as the capital of a person in receipt of that benefit.

Para. (3) rep. by 2002 c. 21

Financial provisionsN.I.

13.—(1) The Secretary of State may pay, or make such payments towards the provision of, such remuneration, pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of adjudicators, as he considers appropriate.

(2) The Secretary of State may make such payments by way of compensation for loss of office to any adjudicator who is removed from office under [F28section 7 of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002], as he considers appropriate.

(3) The Secretary of State may pay such remuneration, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of persons appointed by him under Article 7 (other than adjudicators) as he considers appropriate.

(4) F29. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Recovery from offenderN.I.

14.—(1) Where—

(a)any person is convicted of a crime of violence; and

(b)an award has been paid or is payable in respect of a criminal injury directly attributable to that crime,

a county court may, on an application made to it by the Secretary of State, make an order directing the offender to reimburse to the Secretary of State the whole of the amount of the award or such part of that amount as may be specified in the order.

(2) Any such order may be for the payment by the offender of a lump sum or of periodical payments during such period as may be specified in the order, or both, and, in any event, shall be enforceable in the same manner as a county court decree for a debt is enforceable.

(3) Before making an order under this Article, the court shall—

(a)give the offender an opportunity to be heard; and

(b)have regard to the financial position of the offender, his employment, the possibilities of his future employment, his liabilities to his family and otherwise and such other circumstances as the court considers relevant;

and may, for the purposes mentioned in sub-paragraph (b), obtain and consider a report from a probation officer.

(4) The court may at any time, on the application of the Secretary of State or of the offender, vary any order under this Article in such manner as it thinks fit.

(5) In considering an application under paragraph (4) the court shall have regard to—

(a)any fresh evidence which has become available;

(b)any change of circumstances which has occurred since the making of the order or, as the case may be, any previous variation of the order, or which is likely to occur; and

(c)any other matter which the court considers relevant.

(6) Where the total amount reimbursed to the Secretary of State under this Article and under Article 15 in respect of any criminal injury exceeds the amount of the award made in respect of that injury, the Secretary of State shall repay the excess to the offender.

(7) In this Article and Article 15 “award” includes any expenses incurred by the Secretary of State in recovering, or attempting to recover, any compensation from the offender in pursuance of this Article.

Recovery from victim, etc.N.I.

15.—(1) Where an award is made to a person in respect of a criminal injury, and a relevant sum has been or is subsequently paid to that person in respect of that injury, or that person becomes entitled to a relevant sum in respect of that injury, that person shall forthwith notify the Secretary of State and shall, subject to paragraph (3), forthwith reimburse to the Secretary of State—

(a)the amount of the award if that amount is equal to or less than the relevant sum, or

(b)the relevant sum, if the amount of the award is greater.

(2) In this Article, a “relevant sum” means—

(a)any criminal injury compensation award made under or pursuant to arrangements in force in Great Britain;

(b)any compensation award or similar payment from the funds of any other country; or

(c)any award where—

(i)a civil court has made an order for the payment of damages, or

(ii)a claim for damages or compensation has been settled on terms providing for the payment of money, or

(iii)payment of compensation has been ordered by a criminal court in respect of personal injuries.

(3) Where an award is made to a person in respect of a criminal injury, and civil proceedings have been or are subsequently instituted in any court against the offender as a result of the injury and—

(a)that court awards damages against the offender in favour of that person; or

(b)the parties agree to settle the proceedings in consideration of the payment by the offender to that person of an agreed amount of damages,

that court may order the offender to pay the damages so awarded or agreed or any part thereof into court.

(4) Where a court makes an order under paragraph (3)—

(a)it shall direct—

(i)the payment to the Secretary of State out of any money paid into court under its order of such amount or sum as would have been reimbursed to him under paragraph (1) if that money had been paid to the person to whom the award was made; and

(ii)that the balance, if any, of the money paid into court under its order shall be paid to that person or otherwise dealt with for the benefit of that person as the court may, in the circumstances of the case, consider proper; and

(b)any amount or sum so paid to the Secretary of State by virtue of the direction of the court shall be deemed to have been paid to the Secretary of State under paragraph (1).

(5) Where on an application made to it by the Secretary of State, the county court is satisfied—

(a)that the Secretary of State has paid compensation to any person; but

(b)that that person failed to make full and true disclosure of all the facts material to the determination of the application,

the county court may make an order requiring that person to reimburse to the Secretary of State the compensation or such part of it as the court may specify.

(6) Any sum required to be reimbursed under paragraph (1) or (5) and not so reimbursed—

(a)shall be recoverable as a debt due to the Secretary of State;

(b)may, without prejudice to the right of the Secretary of State to sue in the High Court or to any other remedy for the recovery thereof, and irrespective of the amount thereof, be recoverable by the Secretary of State in the county court by civil bill or summarily as a civil debt.

(7) Any person who, being required by paragraph (1) to notify the Secretary of State of the receipt of any relevant sum, fails to do so without reasonable cause shall, without prejudice to his liability under that paragraph to reimburse any sum to the Secretary of State be guilty of an offence and shall, on summary conviction, be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or to both.

Appeals from the county courtN.I.

16.  Without prejudice to section 22 of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947F30, an appeal from any order made by a county court on or in connection with any proceedings under Article 14 or 15 shall lie at the instance of—

(a)the Secretary of State; or

(b)any person who appeared or who might have appeared on the hearing of those proceedings,

as if the order has been made in exercise of the jurisdiction conferred by Part III of the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980F31 and the appeal were brought under Part VI of that Order.

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OffencesN.I.

17.—(1) Any person who—

(a)by any deception (as defined in section 15(4) of the Theft Act (Northern Ireland) 1969F32) obtains compensation or increased compensation for himself or for any other person; or

(b)for the purposes of obtaining any compensation, knowingly, in or in connection with an application to the Secretary of State or otherwise, makes a false or misleading statement or a statement which he does not believe to be true or fails to disclose a material fact,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) A person guilty of an offence under paragraph (1) shall be liable—

(a)on conviction on indictment, to a fine or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years, or to both; or

(b)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both.

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Repeals and transitional provisionsN.I.

18.  Para.(1)—Repeals

(2) The repeal by this Order of the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988F33 does not affect the operation of that Order in relation to any criminal injury sustained before the coming into operation of this Article.

(3) The Scheme and any Order under Article 1(2) may include such transitional provision as the Secretary of State considers appropriate in consequence of the coming into operation of this Order and the repeal of the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988.

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