VICTIM’S RIGHTS DURING PROSECUTIONUnder the Crime Victim’s Rights Act of 1985, victims have the right to…
- Be present during the entire trial unless they are to be called as a witness.
- Be free from threats or acts of discharge from employers because they are subpoenaed or requested by the court to testify in court.
- Be provided with a waiting area separate from the defendant, the defendant’s relatives and defense witnesses, if practical.
- Consult with the assistant prosecuting attorney in order to give views about the disposition of the case.
- Receive the names of the person to contact within the Prosecutor’s office for information about their case.
Only Upon RequestTo take advantage of these rights, a victim must notify the Crime Victims Rights Unit by completing and returning the Rights Requested Form. Victims must also keep the Crime Victims Rights Unit informed of their current address and telephone number.
Victims Have the Right to…
- Receive notice of any scheduled court proceeding and any changes in that schedule.
- Confer with the assistant prosecuting attorney prior to the selection of the jury and prior to the trial.
- Receive notice if the defendant escapes custody while awaiting trial.
- Receive written notice of the defendant’s conviction.
- Receive notice of the address and telephone number of the probation department which is to prepare the pre-sentence investigation report.
- Make an oral impact statement to the pre-sentence investigator.
- Make an oral impact statement at the time of sentencing in court.
- Be notified of the time and place of sentencing.