SECTION 1. The rights of crime victims to fairness, respect, and dignity, being capable of protection without denying the constitutional rights of the accused, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State. The crime victim shall, moreover, have the rights to reasonable notice of, and shall not be excluded from, public proceedings relating to the offense, to be heard at any release, plea, sentencing, or other such proceeding involving any right established by this Article, to proceedings free from unreasonable delay, to reasonable notice of the release or escape of the accused, to due consideration for their safety, and to restitution. The crime victim or the crime victim’s lawful representative has standing to assert these rights in any court. Nothing in this Article provides grounds for a new trial or any claim for damages and no person accused of the crime may obtain any form of relief hereunder.
SECTION 2. For purposes of this Article, “crime victim” includes any person or legal entity directly harmed by the commission of a criminal offense, delinquent act, or an act, which, if committed by a competent adult, would constitute a crime.
SECTION 3. This article shall take effect on the 180th day after the date of its ratification.CLICK to Print