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Victims' Bill of Rights

Best Efforts to Accord Rights

42 U.S.C. § 10606(a) provides that:

"Officers and employees of the Department of Justice and other departments and agencies of the United States engaged in detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime shall make their best efforts to see that victims of crime are accorded the rights described [below]:"

B. Rights of Crime Victims

A crime victim has the following rights under 42 U.S.C. § 10606(b):

The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.

The right to be notified of court proceedings.

The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that testimony by

the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial.

The right to confer with [an] attorney for the Government in the case.

The right to restitution.

The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.


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