VICTIM’S BILL OF RIGHTS (MARSY’S LAW)
“Constitutional amendment to strengthen protections for victims of crime; to establish certain absolute basic rights for victims; and to ensure the enforcement of these rights.”
NCGA Voting Record
H.B. 551, Roll Call #1267, Passed 107-9: R 72-1; D 35-8; 6/26/18
H.B. 551, Roll Call #759, Passed 45-1: R 33-0; D 12-1; 6/25/18
Would expand the constitutional rights of victims of crime and their families.
While protecting the rights of victims, the bill makes sure that those rights do not infringe upon the rights of the accused.
Expands the offenses that trigger victims’ rights to include crimes against the person, felony property crimes, delinquent acts against the person, and delinquent acts equivalent to felony property crimes.
Guarantees victims the right to: be present at any proceeding, to be heard at certain proceedings, to receive restitution in a timely manner, to receive information upon request, and to confer with the prosecutor.
Creates an enforcement mechanism for victims to file motions with the court if deprived of their rights.
Marsy’s Law makes clear that none of its language is to be construed as a restriction upon the inherent rights of the court or the district attorney handling the case.