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Constitutional Amendment for Crime Victims

A crime victim or his or her guardian or representative shall have certain rights. A crime victim or his or her guardian or representative would have the right to be informed of all criminal court proceedings; their right to be present at trial unless the trial court finds sequestration necessary for a fair trial for the defendant; and the right to be informed of, be present at, and make an oral or written statement at sentencing, parole, pardon, commutation, and conditional release proceedings. The Legislature would be required to pass laws for implementation of such rights. There would be not remedies other than as specifically provide by the legislature for the enforcement of such rights.

Crime Victims and Witnesses Assistance

(1) Victims as defined in section 29-119 shall have the following rights;
(a) To examine information which is a matter of public record and collected by criminal justice agencies on individuals consisting of identifiable descriptions and notations of issuance of arrest warrants, arrests, detentions, indictments, charges by information, and other formal criminal charges. Such in formation shall include any disposition arising from such arrests, charges, sentencing, correctional supervision, and release, but shall not include intelligence or investigative information;

(b) To receive from the county attorney advance reasonable notice of any scheduled court proceedings and notice of any changes in that schedule;

(c) To be notified by the county attorney by any means reasonably calculated to give prompt actual notice of the time and place of the sentencing proceeding and to be notified by the county attorney in writing of the final disposition of the case within thirty days of the final disposition of the case;

(d) To be notified by the county attorney by any means reasonably calculated to give prompt actual notice of the time and place of any subsequent judicial proceedings if the defendant was acquitted on grounds of insanity;

(e) Within ninety days of conviction of an offender, to be notified of the tentative date of release and the earliest parole eligibility date of such offender; and

(f) To be notified of any parole hearings, to testify before the Board of Parole or submit a written statement for consideration by the board, and to be notified of the decision of and any action taken by the board.

(2) Victims and witness of crimes shall have the following rights:
(a) To be informed on all writs of subpoena or notices to appear that they are entitled to apply for and may receive a witness fee;

(b) To be notified that a court proceeding to which they have been subpoenaed will not go on as scheduled in order to save the person an unnecessary trip to court;

(c) To received protection from harm and threats of harm arising out of their cooperation with law enforcement and prosecution efforts and to be provided with information as to the level of protection available;

(d) To be informed of financial assistance and other social services available as a result of being a witness or a victim of a crime, including information on how to apply for the assistance and services;

(e) To be informed of the procedure to be followed in order to apply for and receive any witness fee to which they are entitled;

(f) To be provided, whenever possible, a secure waiting area during court proceedings that does not require them to be in close proximity to defendants and families and friends of defendants;

(g) To have any stolen or other personal property expeditiously returned by law enforcement agencies when no longer needed as evidence. If feasible, all such property, except weapons. Currency., contraband. Property subject to evidentiary analysis and property the ownership of which is disputed, shall be returned to the person within ten days of being taken;

(h) To be provided with appropriate employer intercession services to ensure that employers of victims and witnesses will cooperate with the criminal justice process in order to minimize an employee’s loss pay and other benefits resulting from court appearances;

(i) To be entitled to a speedy disposition of the case in which they are involved as a victim or witness in order to minimize the length of time they must endure the stress of their responsibilities in connection with the matter;

(j) To be informed by the county attorney of the final disposition of a felony case in which they were involved and to be notified pursuant to section 81-1850 whenever the defendant in such case is released from custody; and

(k) To have the family members of all homicide victims afforded all of the rights under subsection

(2) of this section and services analogous to those provided under section 81-1847 (services provided by victim and witness assistance centers).