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:

Protection
  • 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
Notifications
  • 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