201. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when a hearing will take place in relation to an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53583/17]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal administers the Scheme of Compensation for Personal Injuries Criminally Inflicted. Under the terms of the Scheme, the Tribunal is entirely independent in considering applications made under the Scheme. However, to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made of the Tribunal.
The application referred to by the Deputy is the subject of an appeal by the applicant.
Appeals are heard by three Tribunal members and the Tribunal secretariat is currently preparing an extensive schedule of appeal hearings for the first half of 2018. Appeal hearings are planned on a chronological order . Based on the number of appeals on hand, the application referred to by the Deputy will be listed for appeal during the second quarter of 2018.
I understand that the Tribunal will write to applicants and/or their legal representatives in the coming weeks informing them of their appeal hearing dates.