Crime Victims' Rights

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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.

If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.

This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.

This page includes information about obtaining lawful status if you are the victim of certain crimes (including domestic abuse) and can obtain a certification that you are, have been or will be helpful in the investigation or prosecution of the crime.

Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.

A detailed overview of legal theories and remedies.

Victims of both juvenile and adult offenders a voice in the criminal justice system and a right to recover losses through restitution.

Victims may be able to attend hearings and decisions.

The Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline helps victims who are being forced to do something or work against their will.

Answers to questions about orders to pay restitution.

In the state of California, victims have a number of rights throughout the criminal justice process.

Alphabetical Listing of Resources

For cases that do not involve the death penalty.

What are hate violence and hate crimes? What to do if you feel you"ve been victimized. Civil remedies available under the Ralph Act.

Get help from an advocate or complete your own application.

What we can do!

You have the right to appeal the recommendation. Filing an appeal means that you are asking the Board to reevaluate the recommendation made on your application or request for reimbursement.

Victims have rights, and the Attorney General is committed to ensuring that those rights are protected.

Know your rights when it comes to police encounters. This guide offers basic advice when interacting with the police and is only applicable in California.