For victims of crime, the journey towards justice and recovery is fraught with challenges. Among them is the process of seeking fair compensation for their injuries through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS). However, recent data obtained by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has highlighted a stark reality: without legal assistance, victims are likely to receive a fraction of the compensation they deserve.

Initial Offers vs. Appeals:

The statistics are more than just figures—they tell a story of disparity and the undervaluation of victims’ claims. In 2022/23, for the 379 cases that went to appeal, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) initially offered an average of £7,848 per claim. On appeal, this amount increased dramatically to an average of £47,339—more than sixfold the original offer.

These revelations come at a time when APIL is advocating that the compensation scheme be extended so that victims of child sexual abuse be eligible for damages from the CICA. As the Ministry of Justice consults on potential changes to the CICS, it is imperative that these findings be considered. Ensuring that victims of crime are fully supported and justly compensated is not just a matter of policy—it’s a testament to the values of a society committed to justice and recovery for all.

The Value of Legal Representation:

APIL’s Vice President, Kim Harrison, offers a critical insight into these numbers, suggesting that victims without legal support are at a significant disadvantage. It seems that the CICA’s assertion that victims do not require legal representation to pursue their claims may not hold up against the reality of these findings. The implication is clear: legal assistance is not just helpful but may be essential for victims to receive the full compensation they are entitled to.

The act of challenging the CICA’s initial offer is no small task, especially for a victim of crime who is simultaneously navigating the trauma of their experience. The process demands time, expertise, and a level of confidence that the circumstances may have severely undermined. Victims dealing with such trauma are less equipped to question the fairness of an offer or to engage in the complex process of an appeal.


At Ringrose Law, we specialise in handling personal/criminal injury cases and our team of experts is well-equipped to navigate the complexities surrounding compensation claims, challenge unjust decisions, and secure the funds necessary to facilitate the healing journey. As the conversation around CICS reforms continues, we’re here to ensure that the voices of the victims are heard and that their needs are placed at the forefront of this critical area of access to justice.

If you or a loved one are victims of a crime, call 0333 3580 393 or email; we have offices across the East Midlands or we can offer initial appointments face to face, via phone, Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

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