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May 2024

VictimLaw is a searchable database of victims’ rights legal provisions, including federal, state, and territorial statutes, tribal laws, state constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and summaries of related court decisions and attorney general opinions.


The VictimLaw database was created in order to be a comprehensive, user-friendly, online database of victims’ rights constitutional amendments, statutes, court rules, administrative code provisions, tribal laws, and summaries of related court decisions and attorney general opinions. It was designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of users with different levels of substantive and technological expertise, and, as a result, to advance the cause of crime victims’ rights by facilitating the exercise, implementation, and enforcement of those rights. The scope of the VictimLaw collection currently includes legal provisions relating to the following 10 basic rights of crime victims: the right to attend and be present at criminal justice proceedings; the right to be heard in the criminal justice process, including the right to confer with the prosecutor; the right to be informed of proceedings and events in the criminal justice process; the right to protection, including from intimidation and harassment; the right to privacy; the right to apply for crime victim compensation; the right to restitution from the offender; the right to expeditious return of personal property seized as evidence whenever possible; the right to a speedy trial without unreasonable delay; and the right to enforcement of those rights and access to other available remedies.

Date Published: May 6, 2024