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Crime Victims' Rights

Victims of Juvenile Crime have the same rights as other crime victims under Illinois law.

Rights of Crime Victims and Witnesses

  • The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.
  • The right to notification of court proceedings.
  • The right to confer with prosecutors and their support staff.
  • The right to make a statement to the court at sentencing.
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment, and release of the accused.
  • The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused throughout the criminal justice process.
  • The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim's testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at the trial.
  • The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim's choice.
  • The right to restitution.

Responsibilities of Victims and Witnesses

  • To timely report a violent crime.
  • To cooperate with law enforcement officials throughout the process.
  • To testify at trial.
  • To notify law enforcement officials of any change of address.