New rights and remedies: The Federal Crimes Victims Rights Act of 2004

 
Author(s)Aaronson, David E
Title New rights and remedies: The Federal Crimes Victims Rights Act of 2004
Source Pace Law Review, Vol 28, Issue 4, Summer 2008, p623-682
Date 2008
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
URL http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1105&context=plr
Summary This article discusses the contribution of the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA) in advancing crime victims' rights. The CVRA provided crime victims with a number of trial participation rights, as well as the overarching right to be treated fairly and with respect. Some of the challenges it has created, such as the pressure on prosecutors to become victim advocates and conflict with a defendant's rights, are discussed. Benefits include a new body of case law, and the potential of increased cooperation by victims, leading to successful prosecution. The CVRA is intended as a model for states to follow and its implementation is being monitored.
Keywords Crime Victims' Rights Act 2004; CVRA; victims rights
Topic Victims rights