NEW JERSEYS CRIME VICTIMS’ BILL OF RIGHTS, EFFECTIVE JULY 31, 1985, MANDATES THE FOLLOWING RIGHTS TO VICTIMS AND WITNESSES OF CRIMES:

1. To be treated with dignity and compassion by the criminal justice system;

2. To be informed about the criminal justice process;

3. To be free from intimidation:

4. To have inconveniences associated with participation in the criminal justice process minimized;

5. To make at least one telephone call, which is reasonable in both length and location called;

6. To medical assistance, if it appears necessary;

7. To be notified if presence in court is not needed;

8. To be informed about available remedies, financial assistance and social services;

9. To be compensated for losses when possible;

10. To be provided a secure waiting area during court proceedings;

11. To be advised of case progress and final disposition;

12. To the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence;

13. To submit a written statement about the crime to a representative of the Prosecutors Office prior to the
Prosecutors final decision regarding the filing of formal criminal charges; and

14. To make, prior to sentencing, an in-person statement directly to the sentencing court
concerning the impact of the crime.