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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a crime victim compensation program that provides financial compensation for victims of violent crime.

Eligibility Requirements

Report to police. Yes, without unwarranted delay.

Filing period. No later than 1 year following the date of the criminal act. Exceptions are made for good cause (e.g., in cases where the victim is not in a position to file because of severe medical reasons).

Foreign citizen eligibility. Foreign nationals are eligible to apply for compensation to the extent provided by a valid international agreement to which the Czech Republic is a party.


Victims of violent crime who suffer physical injury
Survivors of victims


Application forms are available from the Ministry of Justice or by e-mailing odsk@msp.justice.cz. The victim must submit an application to the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry of Justice shall dispense aid within 3 months following submission of the application and appropriate documentation.

Benefits and Award Limits

There is no maximum award limit.

Compensable costs

Medical expenses
Burial expenses
Lost support
Mental health counseling

Emergency awards. May be adjudicated at a flat rate of up to CZK25.000.

Funding sources. Funds originate from persons convicted of causing harm.

Contact Information

Compensation Department, Czech Ministry of Justice
Na Dekance 3, Praha 2, Vysehradska 16, 128.10, Czech Republic
Telephone: 420–221 799 941
Fax: 420–221 799 967
E-mail: odsk@msp.justice.cz (Czech/English language available)
Internet: www.justice.cz (in Czech)

Languages used—
• On application forms: Czech
• In correspondence: Czech, English
• By telephone: Czech

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