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A monthly newsletter from OCVJC with the latest information about victims’ rights.


What are the rights provide by Marsy's Law?

This is a multipart series about Marsy's Law a victims' rights constitutional amendment that has been in effect for over a year. Our goal is to make Marsy's Law more accessible to victims and advocates.

In Ohio, Marsy’s Law is also referred to as the Ohio Crime Victims Bill of Rights. In the last issue we discussed who is a victim. This month we review the basic victim rights included in Marsy’s Law.

(PLEASE NOTE: This explanation addresses the Marsy’s Law constitutional amendment only. Implementing legislation will refine and define many of the rights discussed herein.)

  1. The right to be informed, in writing, of Marsy’s Law rights.

  2. The right to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity, and privacy.

  3. he right, upon request, to reasonable and timely notice of all public proceedings and the right to be present at those proceedings.

  4. The right to be heard in public proceedings involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole, or in any proceeding that implicates a Marsy’s Law right.

  5. The right to confer with the prosecutor, upon request.

  6. The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt conclusion of the case.

  7. The right to refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request by an accused, except as provided by Article I, Section 10 of Ohio’s constitution.

  8. The right to full and timely restitution from the offender.

  9. The right to reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused.

  10. The right, upon request, to reasonable notice of escape or release of the accused.

These rights impact not just victims, but also law enforcement, prosecutors, courts, and custodial agencies. Read more about these impacts.

Unfortunately, many victims do not understand how to access their rights. To help victims and professionals who support victims, the OCVJC has created a toolkit where you can review victim’s rights based on the type of crime, victim’s age, and other details. Using the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit, you can quickly identify which rights victims have and use tools to ensure these rights are upheld ensure these rights are upheld.

You can learn more about Marsy's Law on our website.
If you have a Marsy's Law question, email us at marsyslaw@ocvjc.org.



Below is an image sample from the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit. Here, you can quickly see a list of rights, with a description, information on if you need to specifically request this right or if it is automatic, and the category.


The toolkit has the following categories:

Visit the Crime Victims Rights Toolkit

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