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Victim Rights & Resources

In 2017, voters approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution that guarantees certain rights to victims of criminal offenses and delinquent acts, known as “Marsy’s Law.”  As a victim of crime, you have constitutionally protected rights. These rights are detailed by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Crime Victim Services (Link below) or by calling 800-582-2877. Some rights are automatic and other rights require your request. You can choose to exercise all, some, or none of your rights. The Summit County Juvenile Court has implemented the appropriate sections of the Revised Code that regulate the rights outlined in Marsy’s Law.

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Victim Rights

To secure for victims justice and due process throughout the criminal and juvenile justice systems, a victim shall have the following rights, which shall be protected in a manner no less vigorous than the rights afforded to the accused:

  1. to be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s safety, dignity and privacy;
  2. upon request, to reasonable and timely notice of all public proceedings involving the criminal offense or delinquent act against the victim, and to be present at all such proceedings;
  3. to be heard in any public proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, disposition, or parole, or in any public proceeding in which a right of the victim is implicated;
  4. to reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused;
  5. upon request, to reasonable notice of any release or escape of the accused;
  6. except as authorized by section 10 of Article I of this constitution, to refuse an interview, deposition, or other discovery request made by the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused;
  7. to full and timely restitution from the person who committed the criminal offense or delinquent act against the victim;
  8. to proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt conclusion of the case;
  9. upon request, to confer with the attorney for the government; and
  10. to be informed, in writing, of all rights enumerated in this section. 

Ohio Attorney General

Victims of crime face many setbacks as a result of their tragic and unexpected circumstances. The Attorney General’s Crime Victim Services Section provides funding and services to aid victims, training for professionals who assist them, grants for victim service providers, and crime prevention programs for Ohio communities.

 

County of Summit

The Juvenile Division of the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to upholding the laws and statutes of the State of Ohio. We are devoted to making the criminal justice system as accessible as possible to the residents of Summit County. Our objective has been, and continues to be, the fair and efficient administration of justice while investigating and prosecuting crimes in Summit County as a representative of the People of the State of Ohio. *The Juvenile Division of the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is located on the first floor at Summit County Juvenile Court. 

Juvenile Court

The Summit County Juvenile Court Victim Services Coordinator acts as a liaison between the victim and court staff. Services provided include notice of court hearings, advocacy during court proceedings, assistance with completing victim impact statements, and coordination of restitution orders.

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