Your Right to Compensation and Expenses
Payment of expenses
If you spend money to go to court to give evidence, you have the right to get that money back from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. This is called claiming expenses.
You can claim expenses for travelling to and from the court and for meals. Cash payments are only made in a small number of cases.
You can get more information about expenses from the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service or their website.
Compensation is money that you are paid because you are a victim of crime. If the accused says they committed the crime or is found guilty, the court may order them to pay you compensation.
The court will tell you if this happens. If you do not want compensation please tell the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service as soon as possible.
Criminal Injuries Compensation
If you have been physically or mentally injured because you were the victim of a violent crime, you may be able to get compensation.
To make a claim, you should contact the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
Getting your Property Back
If your property was taken for evidence, it will usually be given back to you by the police. If your property is damaged, you might be asked if you want it back.
You can get more information about the return of property from Police Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
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