Rights of Victims
- Victims of crime have the right to information about their case.
- Victims of crime have the right to have their safety considered.
- Victims of crime have the right to tell the court how the crime has affected them and have the court consider ordering compensation.
If you have been harmed by a crime you have certain rights. The harm may be physical, emotional, or financial. You may have been assaulted, robbed or harmed in some other way.
You have the right to information about your case. You can ask for information about:
- the role of victims in the criminal justice system
- programs and services for victims
- the investigation - including things like whether someone has been charged
- any court case concerning the crime including when and where it will take place, the progress and the outcome
- if the offence is punishable by five years in jail or more, any agreement about sentencing
- if the person goes to jail, their release date and any conditions for release
As a victim you may fear for your safety. You have the right to protection from intimidation or retaliation. You have the right to ask that your identity be protected and that your privacy be considered. If you have to testify in court, you have the right to assistance if you need it. For example you may need help understanding what is being said.
You have the right to tell the court how the crime has affected you. You have the right to have the court consider ordering the offender to compensate you with money.
Published on October 21, 2016.