The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) Scheme was introduced in 1965 in order to compensate victims of violent crime. On 27th November 2012 the Scheme was amended by the government and any application made after this date will be subject to the new rules. Many of these rules make it harder for victims of crime to obtain a fair level of compensation. Ordinary residence of the UK is an essential requirement under the Scheme although there are some exceptions.
Sarah Towler, partner, summarises the changes.