Agency Responsibilities

Criminal Justice agencies have certain responsibilities for assuring that victims receive their rights. These responsibilities are as follows:

Law enforcement agency’s Victim Advocates and District Attorney’s Victim-Witness Coordinators have the shared responsibility to provide the victim written information about:
*Community services such as crisis intervention, victim assistance resources, legal resources, mental health services, child care to enable the victim to cooperate with the prosecution, and other support services:
*The availability of financial resources such as victim compensation and how to apply for those benefits, as well as assistance dealing with creditors fur to financial setbacks caused by the crime:
*The availability of Protective Court Order;
*The availability of public records related to their case;
*Interpretation services;
*Provide the victim with the case number, the contact information to the District Attorney’s Office and the law enforcement agency that initially investigated the crime;

Law Enforcement shall:
*Keep the victim informed if the suspect/ defendant has been arrested, or released, or any other condition imposed upon the suspect/defendant by the Court;
*Notify the victim of decisions to not file charges in misdemeanor cases.

District Attorney’s Victim –Witness Coordinators shall inform the victim:
*Of decisions not to file charges in felony cases;
*Of the filing of the charges and explain those charges;
*Of appropriate critical stages of the case, including the date, time and place that all Court proceedings will be held;
*Which Deputy District Attorney will handle their case;
*Of any pending Motions which may substantially delay their case, and inform the Court of the victim’s position on the Motion;
*Of any reduction, negotiated pleas, dismissal of their case, or other dispositions of their case, and where applicable, the Deputy District Attorney handling their case shall discuss these issues with the victim; of any hearing  reconsideration, or modification of a sentence;
*When any contact with a defendant may occur, such as during a Court proceeding, and shall try to minimize any further contact within the Court house;
*When their property is no longer needed for evidentiary reasons and my be returned to them;
*Of the function of a Pre-sentence Report, and shall provide the contact information of the Probation Department that prepared this report;
*Of the Victim Impact Statement, provide this form to the victim, and explain  that the defendant has the right to review this form.