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Charter of Victims Rights (Plain English version)

Updated 14 December 2010

1. Respect 8. Protection of your privacy


You will be treated with respect, dignity and You can keep your address and phone numbers
compassion. At all times your culture will be private unless the court says different.
respected.
9. Court business before the trial
2. Information about services You do NOT have to go to any committal hearing
You will be told as soon as possible about the (like a mini trial) or other court business before the
different services that can help you, including trial UNLESS the court says you must.
counselling and legal services.
10. Returning your goods used as evidence
3. Access to services If the police or prosecution took any of your goods
If you need medical, counselling, and legal help you as evidence you have the right to get it back as
will be able to get it if it is available. soon as possible.

4. Information about investigation of the crime 11. Your protection


If you ask, you will be told about how the police If you need protection tell the police or prosecution
investigation is going. But in some cases there may when the offender applies for bail.
be some things the police can’t tell you.
12. Special bail conditions
5. Information about the prosecution You will be told about any special bail conditions
Prosecution is about taking the offender to court for the offender is given, which are meant to protect
the crime. This is done by the police, or, in serious you or your family, like a condition which says the
cases, the Director of Public Prosecutions. offender must not contact you.

• As a victim, you will be told: 13. Bail decision


If you were the victim of sexual assault or other
– what the charges are OR why the offender has serious assault you will be told if the offender gets
NOT been charged; bail or not.
– any decision of the prosecution to change or drop
charges; 14. Victim Impact Statement
– the date and place of the court hearing; If you want to tell the court about how the crime
– the final court result, including any appeal or gaol has affected you, then you will be given help and
sentence given. support to do this. This is called giving a ‘victim
impact statement’.
• If the prosecution is thinking about changing
or dropping the charges they will have a talk 15. When the offender gets released
to If the offender is in gaol you can be told if the
you about this if the crime: offender is going to be released from gaol soon,
– was a serious sex crime, OR has escaped gaol or is on day release.
– caused you physical harm, mental illness
or emotional shock. 16. When the offender applies for parole
You can have a say if your offender applies for
BUT the prosecution don’t have to talk to you if: parole.
– you don’t want to talk about it, OR
– they can’t find you. 17. Victims compensation
If you were the victim of sexual assault or other
6. Information about being a witness serious assault, you can apply for victims
If you have to give evidence as a witness in a trial compensation.
you will be told about HOW the trial works and
WHAT you have to do. 18. Information about complaint procedures
You can make a complaint if you think your rights
7. No contact with the offender under the Charter have not been met. You can ask
While your case is in court you will be protected from for information about how to do this.
contact with the offender and the offender’s
witnesses.