The Community Justice Juvenile Services department is committed to reducing the impact of crime on victims' lives by promoting victims' rights, and providing victims access to information and resources in a timely, sensitive, and dedicated manner.
Victims' Rights in the Criminal Justice System:
- Victims may apply to the State of Oregon for compensation of losses involving personal injury expenses before the conviction of the defendant.
- Victims have the right to know the criminal history, conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the defendant.
- Upon request, victims may be in the courtroom for the trial, probation violation hearings, and other critical stages.
- Victims have the right to be present at pretrial release hearings and to reasonably express their views about the release of the defendant. Victims have the right to a court hearing if they are directly or indirectly threatened or intimidated by the criminal defendant.
- Victims may refuse an interview by the defendant, the defendant's lawyer, or any other person on behalf of the defendant.
- Victims do not have to talk to the defendant's lawyer, or anyone representing that lawyer. They cannot take a formal legal statement from a victim without their consent. If the victim chooses to talk to the defendant's lawyer, the victim has the right to have their personal lawyer with them or they may request a lawyer from the District Attorney's Office be present.
For Victim Assistance contact:
Victim's Assistance Program (541) 774-8187