Compensation for Accidents

When police take a case to court, the victim may present evidence to the police proving the accident/incident has changed/lowered his quality of life, e.g. Copies of doctor's appointments, medical certificates and supporting letters from his GP.


Every now and then if the accident is of a very serious nature, the victim may allow the police to proceed with the criminal side of the case and privately employ the services of a lawyer to obtain compensation.

The maximum compensation awarded by the Magistrates Court is £20,000

Supreme Court has no limit on compensation.


Many factors are taken into consideration, e.g. if offender is not residing in Gibraltar he/she will usually be kept in remand pending the case and sentencing.


Investigations on means testing may be carried out while awaiting a court date.  If the compensation claim is delivered the offender may claim they have no money and the judge has the right to cancel compensation and extra time to the sentence.  The Judge will also expect the offender to declare him/herselves bankrupt/insolvent.



Ensure that individuals do not suffer through lack of knowledge of their rights and responsibilities or of the services available to them or through an inability to express their needs effectively.