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Victim Bill of Rights
Victim Bill of Rights
 

If you are a crime victim, a survivor of a crime victim or a witness to a crime, the State of Washington provides that reasonable efforts be made to ensure you the following rights:

  • To be informed of the final outcome of the case;
  • To be informed of changes in court dates for which you have been subpoenaed;
  • To receive protection from harm and threats of harm arising from your cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution;
  • To receive witness fees to which you are entitled;
  • To have, whenever practical, a secure waiting area
  • To have any stolen or other personal property used as evidence returned to you as soon as possible after completion of the case;
  • To have someone intervene with your employer if necessary when you are required to be in court;
  • To have access to immediate medical assistance without unnecessary delay;
  • To have an advocate present during any interview or court proceeding, if a victim of a violent or sex crime;
  • To present a statement in person, via audio or video tape, in writing or by representation at any hearing for pardon or commutation of sentence;
  • To be present in court during trial if you are a victim or survivor of a victim, after your testimony has been given and no further testimony is required;
  • To be informed of the date, time and location of the trial and, if requested, of the sentencing hearing in felony cases if you are the victim or survivor of the victim;
  • To present a statement in person or in writing at the sentencing hearing in felony cases if you are the victim or survivor of the victim;
  • To submit a victim impact statement to the court;
  • To have restitution ordered by the court, unless the court finds this inappropriate, in felony cases if you are the victim or survivor of a victim.