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Victims' Rights

United States Attorney's Office

District of Rhode Island

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Our Victim/Witness Coordinator, Gale James, serves as the liaison between the U.S. Attorney's Office staff and the public on issues relating to victims and witnesses. The program provides information, training and guidance on Department priorities and initiatives in the areas of victims' services, victims' rights, witness management and resources.

On October 30, 2004 President Bush signed into law the Justice For All Act. The passage of this legislation added supplemental rights for crime victims and enhanced those rights already in existence. Crime victims now have the following rights under Federal law:

  1. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
  2. The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime, or any release or escape of, the accused;
  3. The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;
  4. The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;
  5. The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;
  6. The right to full and timely restitution as proved in law;
  7. The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
  8. The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victims' dignity and privacy.

We will make our best efforts to ensure that you are accorded the rights described. You can seek the advice of an attorney with respect to these rights. If you have any questions please contact Gale James at (401) 709-5000

Updated June 22, 2015

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