The Assessment of Unspent Criminal Convictions in applications

Christopher Stacey LL.B, LL.M made this Freedom of Information request to Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel

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Christopher Stacey LL.B, LL.M

Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I would like to obtain the table which informs case workers of how to account for unspent criminal convictions when assessing applications for compensation. I have had sight of a table that is provided to an applicant which explains the convictions and the amount of "penalty points" awarded for each conviction, however there is no explanation of how the points are awarded. It appears to be based on the type and length of sentence. I was informed by CICA that there is table but that they didn't have a copy to send out.

I would also like to know the reasons and justifications for automatically taking into account an individuals unspent criminal convictions and reducing their eligibility for any award, irrespective of how remote or unrelated the unspent conviction was. I can understand the need to account for certain convictions (based on the type of conviction, offence and sentence length) however the decision at present appears to be based purely on sentence length, which automatically attracts a percentage reduction.

I look forward to your response.

Yours faithfully,

Christopher Stacey LL.B, LL.M

Data Access & Compliance Unit, Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel

For the attention of Christopher Stacey LL.B, LL.M

Thank you for your request for information which has been passed to me to
respond. Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

I can confirm that the authority holds this information. The information
is exempt under Section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA),
because the information is accessible to you as it is already in the
public domain. The information requested is provided in the Criminal
Injuries Compensation Scheme 2008 and the Criminal Injuries Compensation
Scheme 2008 - guide which can be accessed through our website at
www.cica.gov.uk.

If you have any questions please contact me on 0141 331 5541.

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
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Glasgow
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