May 2006

Jeffrey Hallam writes “Crime Victims Start to Assert Their Rights” for International Law Office


Crime victims have statutory rights guaranteeing them participation in the criminal justice process for crimes committed against them. The Crime Victims’ Rights statute,(1) effective October 2004, establishes the following rights for crime victims:

  • the right to be reasonably protected from the accused
  • the right to be notified of the defendant’s parole proceeding or release from custody
  • the right to attend and be heard at any court proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing or parole
  • the right to confer with the prosecutor
  • the right to full and timely restitution
  • the right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay