Guaranteed Rights for Victims of Crime
Over the last 40 years, victim advocacy groups have made great strides in codifying legal protections for victims of crime, and in 1981, the Nebraska unicameral passed a law naming specific rights for victims. These rights are designed to help victims during the criminal justice process.
Creighton University’s NEVAA program is dedicated to providing academically based education and resources for victim advocates. We’ve created a printable Victim’s Bill of Rights poster for use by victim advocates and allied professionals. You can review the Bill of Rights below and then access a PDF of them for printing and distribution. (Note that for printing, the document is 8 x 14 inches, legal-sized.)
Victims’ Bill of Rights
Victims of crime (as defined by Neb. Rev. Stat. §29-119) shall have the following rights:
1. To be able to see any information that is collected by criminal justice agencies, that is available to the public.
2. To be notified by the County Attorney:
- Of the crimes for which the defendant is charged
- The defendant’s bond
- The time and place of any scheduled court proceedings, including the sentencing proceeding;
- If the time and place of any scheduled proceedings has changed
- If the defendant was found guilty or not guilty, and what crimes he/she was found guilty for, and the penalty
- Of the time and place of any further judicial proceedings if the defendant was acquitted (found not guilty) on grounds of insanity
- Of the victim’s right to provide a statement to the Probation Office for the PSI, and information on how to contact the Probation Office
- If the PSI and any statement by the victim included in such report is to be made available to the defendant
- Of their right to submit a written impact statement at the sentencing proceeding or to read his or her impact statement at the sentencing proceeding
3. To be present throughout the entire trial of the defendant, unless the victim is to be called as a witness.
4. The victim will be notified by the parole board of his/her right to submit a written statement for consideration by the board and to be notified of any action taken by the board.
5. To submit a written statement for consideration at any conditional release (a furlough from incarceration for 24 hours or longer) proceedings, Board of Parole proceedings, pardon proceedings, or commutation (change in the punishment) proceedings.
6. To be notified of the filing of an appeal by the defendant.
7. To be notified by the Attorney General:
- That the defendant has filed an appeal of the conviction
- About the appeal process, including possible dispositions
- If the defendant has been released on bail pending the disposition of the appeal
- Of the time and place of any appeal proceedings and any changes in the time or place of those proceedings
- Of the results of the appeal
- Of the final disposition of the case within 30 days after the final disposition is made
8. To be immediately notified of the escape of the prisoner.
9. To be notified if the prisoner is confined pursuant to a sentence.
This information is provided as a general overview of Nebraska’s Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights and is not intended to serve as legal advice.