Grounds for withholding or reducing an award


The CICA are able to withhold or reduce an award in the following circumstances:

  • An award will be withheld under the Scheme unless the incident has been reported to the police as soon as reasonably practicable;
  • An award will be withheld under the Scheme unless the applicant has co-operated as far as reasonably practicable with the police in bringing the assailant to justice;
  • An award may be withheld or reduced where the applicant fails to take all reasonable steps to assist a claims officer in relation to their application;
  • An award may be withheld or reduced where the conduct of the applicant before, during or after the incident giving rise to the criminal injury makes it inappropriate for an award or full award.
  • An award may be withheld or reduced if the applicant has unspent convictions;
  • An award may be withheld or reduced because of the applicant’s character other than in relation to unspent convictions;
  • An award made in respect of a fatal criminal injury may be withheld or reduced if the deceased’s conduct before, during or after the incident giving rise to their death makes it inappropriate to make an award or full award.

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