Frizelle, O'Leary & Co Solicitors
Slaney Place, Enniscorthy,
Co. Wexford, Ireland.
Tel:/ 053 92 33547
Fax: 053 92 34880
24 - 26 Upper Ormond Quay,
Advice For Victims Of Crime
If you have been the victim of a crime, you may be anxious about whether the crime will be prosecuted, whether the perpetrator will be brought to justice, and whether you are entitled to apply for compensation for expenses and loss of earnings as a result of the crime.
Director of Public Prosecutions
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) enforces the criminal law in the courts on behalf of the people of Ireland, and while the decision on whether or not to prosecute is made by the Gardai in most cases, the decision in the most serious cases (e.g., murder, sexual offences) is made by the DPP. The DPP will consider your views when deciding whether or not to prosecute the case.
At Frizelle O’Leary & Co Solicitors in Enniscorthy, we have many years’ experience in dealing with the DPP and in working with victims of crime. We understand that this is a time of stress and anxiety, and we are committed to helping you achieve justice and move on from your experience. We will work closely with you to ensure that you are kept informed of all developments in relation to any prosecution.
Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
There are three cases where you may be entitled to apply for compensation to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal
- as a victim of crime
- as the immediate family of a victim of crime who has died
- as the person responsible for looking after a victim of crime, and are out-of-pocket as a result of his or her injuries
The Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal pay out-of-pocket expenses and loss of earnings caused by a direct result of a violent crime, or by serious injury caused while trying to prevent a crime or save a human life.
At Frizelle O’Leary & Co Solicitors in Enniscorthy, we have many years experience of dealing with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal. It is important to note that the crime should be reported to the Gardai as soon as possible, because if you leave too long a delay in reporting the crime, you may not be considered for compensation.
There is no time limit for making a claim in cases where the victim has died as a result of the injury inflicted, but in other cases there is a time limit - generally three months. The Tribunal may exercise their discretion and extend the time limit if you can give a reasonable explanation for the delay, but it is safer to apply within the timescale as the Tribunal may also refuse to extend the time.