Compensation Services is a branch within the Department of Justice and was formerly known as the Compensation Agency. It was established on 1 April 2013, following a strategic review of the services provided by the Agency.
Compensation Services administers five statutory compensation schemes in Northern Ireland for criminal injuries, criminal damage and actions taken under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.
Our aim is ‘to support the victims of crime and people who have suffered loss from actions taken under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.
Compensation Legislation documents
- 2002 Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme legislation (PDF 47 KB)
- NI Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002 (PDF 115 KB)
- NI Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2009 (PDF 315 KB)
- Criminal Damage Compensation Legislation (PDF 171 KB)
How to apply for compensation
- Making a claim for criminal damage
- Making a claim for criminal damage under the Justice and Security (NI) Act 2007
- Making a claim for criminal injuries sustained before May 2002
- Making a claim for criminal injuries sustained between May 2002 and March 2009
- Making a claim for criminal injuries sustained from April 2009
Further information on the schemes operated by the Compensation Services along with eligibility criteria can be obtained from the NIDirect government website
Contact information for the Compensation ServicesCompensation Services
25 Great Victoria Street
Belfast BT2 7AQ.
Telephone: 0300 200 7887