Weighing crime victims' interests in judicially crafted criminal procedure


 
Author(s)Beloof, Douglas
Title Weighing crime victims' interests in judicially crafted criminal procedure
Source Catholic University Law Review ​Vol 56 (2006-2007) pp1135-1170
Date 2006
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article critically assesses victim participation rights in trials, starting with a brief overview of historic participation and the move from private to public prosecution. Two US Supreme Court cases are examined in some depth to examine relevant types of prosecutorial discretion. A discussion of victims' rights in modern times follows, including broad and specific rights. The increasing relevance of victims' interests in judicial decisions is examined. The courts facilitated the legislative shift to public prosecution historically and now the shift towards victims' rights has moved the courts to acknowledge more often victims' issues when weighing judicial choices.
Keywords Victims rights; victims participation
Topic

Victims rights