Crime Victims' Bill of Rights - RCW 7.69.030

As a crime victim, survivor of a crime victim, or a witness to a crime, Washington State law provides that reasonable efforts be made to ensure the following rights:

  1. To be provided with a written statement of the rights of crime victims, including the name, address, and telephone number of a county or local crime victim/witness program if one is available in your area.
  2. To be informed of the final disposition of the case.
  3. To be informed of changes in court dates to which you have been subpoenaed.
  4. To receive protection from harm or threats of harm arising from cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts.
  5. To be informed of the procedure to be followed to apply for and receive any witness fees to which you are entitled.
  6. To be provided, whenever practical, with a secure waiting area during court proceedings that does not require you to be in close proximity to defendants and family or friends of defendants.
  7. To have any stolen or personal property returned as soon as possible after the completion of the case.
  8. To be provided with appropriate employer intercession regarding absence from work for court appearances.
  9. To be provided access to medical assistance without unreasonable delay.
  10. To have, whenever possible, a victim advocate present to prosecutorial or defense interviews and at judicial proceedings.
  11. To be present in court during trial, or if subpoenaed to testify, to be scheduled as early as practical in proceeding in order to be present during trial after testifying.
  12. To be informed of the date, time and place of the sentencing hearing for a felony conviction upon request.
  13. To submit a victim impact statement which shall be included in all pre-sentencing reports and permanently included in the offenders files and records.
  14. To present a victim impact statement personally or by representation, at sentencing hearings for felony convictions.
  15. To have restitution ordered when there is a felony conviction, even if the offender is incarcerated, unless extraordinary circumstances exist.
  16. To present a statement in person, in writing, via/audio/video tape, or by presentation, at any hearing conducted regarding an application for pardon or commutation of sentence.

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