The next step for a maturing victims rights movement: enforcing crime victims rights in the courts

Author(s)Gillis, John W and Beloof, Douglas E
Title The next step for a maturing victims rights movement: enforcing crime victims rights in the courts
Source McGeorge Law Review, Vol 33, Issue 4, Summer 2002, p689-704.
Date 2002
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary This article contends that even after the successful enactment of victims' rights, those rights remain at a critical developmental stage. Two barriers to victims' rights compliance are identified: structural procedural problems that prevent challenges to rights violations; and the lack of legal advocates for crime victims. From these, further barriers to enlisting civil rights attorneys in the enforcement of victims' rights are identified, and explored. These barriers include the cost of legal advocates to enforce victims' rights, opportunities to enforce victims' rights at various stages of the trial, such as pre-trial; lack of education of court judges in victims' issues; and lack of appropriate education for lawyers. The authors suggest the challenges can be met with individual and collective efforts.
Keywords Victims rights; advocates; crime victim law; courts
Topic Victims rights