Victim's Rights

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Generally

All victims and witnesses of crime should be treated with dignity, respect, courtesy, and sensitivity. The rights of victims and witnesses of crime are protected by the law in a manner no less vigorous than protections afforded criminal defendants.

Children

Child victims and witnesses should be treated with additional consideration than usually afforded adults. The treatment should ensure that the child’s participation be conducted in the most effective and least traumatic, intrusive, or intimidating manner.

Children, in particular, should have a speedy disposition of the entire criminal justice process.

Protection

Victims and witnesses have a right to be informed as to the level of protection from intimidation and harm available to them.

Victims and witnesses should have a secure waiting area that does not require them to be in close proximity to defendants or the family and friends of defendants.

Victims and witnesses cannot be compelled to disclose their home addresses and phone numbers in open court.

Information

Victims and witnesses, including children and their guardians, have a right to be informed and assisted as to their role in the criminal justice process.

Victims and witnesses have a right to clear explanations regarding relevant legal proceedings.

Court Proceedings

Victims and witnesses should have a speedy disposition of the entire criminal justice process.

Victims and witnesses have the right to timely notice of judicial proceedings they are to attend and timely notice of cancellation of any proceedings. 

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