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Crime Victims' Bill of Rights
Crime Victim and Witness Rights Act

As a victim or witness of a crime, you have certain rights under the Victim's Bill of Rights.  There are specific steps you must take to receive these rights.  Contact the Victim/Witness Assistance Program for information about:

  • Waiting area separate from the accused during court proceedings.

    Financial Assistance
    • Criminal Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund
    • Restitution for damages or loss
    • Prompt return of property being held as evidence

    • Case status information
    • Employer intercession service
    • Prisoner release notification

    Victim Input
    • Victim Impact Statement
    • Courtroom presence during trial
    • Parole input for crimes occurring prior to 1/1/1995
    • Plea agreement consultation (upon written request) 

    Courtroom Assistance
    • Confidentiality of address and telephone numbers
    • Interpreter services
    • Closed preliminary hearing in limited situations
    • Use of two way closed circuit television in limited situations