Ministry of Justice
13, rue Erasme
Tel.: (352) 2478 45 27, (352) 2478 45 17
Fax: (352) 26 68 48 61, (352) 22 52 96
Yes, the claim for compensation should be sent directly to the Luxembourg Minister for Justice by letter, provided that the claimant is not entitled to compensation from another Member State and can prove that he or she legally and habitually resides in Luxembourg.
The claimant can be exempted from having to reside in Luxembourg legally and habitually if he or she is the victim of a crime referred to in Article 382‑1 of the Criminal Code (human trafficking).
The claim for compensation and the supporting documents are accepted in the following languages:
The Ministry of Justice covers the costs of translation.
The victim’s presence is optional. He or she can be represented by a lawyer. As a result, no travel is necessary.
Medical certificates, given by doctors in your country of residence, will be accepted or recognised as supporting documents for the acts and the injury that you have suffered.
Not applicable. Foreign medical certificates are accepted as supporting documents.
The Minister for Justice will decide within six months of the compensation claim being submitted.
As the claim must be written in French, German or Luxemburgish, the respective decision will also be written in one of the three languages accepted.
If the decision of the Minister for Justice is disputed in terms of the principle or amount awarded, legal action can be taken against the State, represented by the Minister for Justice. The action must be brought before the District Court (tribunal d’arrondissement) of Luxembourg or Diekirch, as the claimant chooses.
Anyone who can prove that they do not have sufficient income can receive legal aid free of charge, under the conditions laid down by law. A lawyer can be appointed to offer you legal advice or represent you in court, with the costs being covered by the State. Anyone can consult the bodies offering legal information and advice. You can access the Legal Reception and Information Service (Service d’Accueil et d’Information juridique) to obtain any legal information free of charge.
Service central d’assistance sociale (SCAS) (Central Social Assistance Service) - Service d’aide aux victimes (SAV) (Victim Support Service)
Bâtiment Plaza Liberty,
12-18, rue Joseph Junck
Tel.: (+352) 47 58 21-627 / 628
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