A summary of victim rights in North Dakota:
You have the right to be treated with fairness and respect, to be free from harassment and abuse, to be reasonably protected from the defendant (and any person acting on the defendant’s behalf), the right to privacy, to have the safety and welfare (and that of your family) considered when decisions are made about bail or release, to a prompt and final conclusion of the case, to be informed of conviction, sentencing, and any post-judgement proceedings, and to consult an attorney about these rights.
You also have to following specific rights:
- To prevent the disclosure of information or records that reasonably could be used to locate or harass you or your family, or which disclose confidential information about you, and to be notified of any request for such information.
- To receive reasonable notice of, and to be present at, all court proceedings.
- To refuse an interview or discovery request made by the defendant, the defendant’s attorney, or any person acting on behalf of defendant, and the rights to set reasonable conditions if you do consent, all consistent with constitutional requirements.
- To be heard in any proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, adjudication, disposition or parole, and any proceedings where your rights are implicated.
- To provide information regarding the impact of the defendant’s conduct in any pre-sentence investigation, to have that information considered in sentencing or disposition recommendations, and to receive a copy of a pre-sentence report or plan of disposition, when available.
- To receive a copy of any non-confidential record relevant to the exercise of your rights.
- To the prompt return of your property when it is no longer needed as evidence.
- To restitution for all losses suffered as a result of the criminal or delinquent conduct.
- To be informed of the defendant’s conviction, adjudication, sentence, disposition, place and time of incarceration, detention or other disposition, any release date, or the defendant’s escape from custody or commitment.
TO ASSERT YOUR RIGHTS, NOTIFY THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER WHO GAVE YOU THIS CARD. You can assert your rights at any time. If you did not assert your rights to the responding officer, YOU MUST NOTIFY THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY:
You will be required to provide contact information.
For information or to register for automatic notification of court hearing,etc., go to www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov (click “SIGN UP FOR VICTIM NOTIFICATIONS”), or contact the prosecuting attorney’s office noted above.
Grand Forks County States Attorney’s Office/CVIC Victim Witness Services
Grand Forks Municipal Court (court appearances are held 8:30 a.m. Monday – Friday)
North Dakota Statewide Automated Victim Information and Notification System – SAVIN (for notifications regarding an individual in the court system)
North Dakota Court Records
North Dakota Crime Victim’s Compensation