Crime Victims' Rights

Most Frequently Viewed Resources

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.

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

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

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

You can request a free interpreter to be with you in court.

A court interpreter verbally translates (called “interpreting”) everything the judge and others say from spoken English into your primary language, and everything you say back into spoken English.

This resource has the answers to commonly asked questions about court interpreters, including how to ask for one.

For cases that do not involve the death penalty.

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

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

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.

Up-to-date transgender people"s rights: airport security, federal employees, workers' rights, healthcare, housing, immigration, medicare, military servicemembers, passports, public accommodations, schools, social security, and survivors of violence.

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.

What we can do!

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

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 may be able to attend hearings and decisions.

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

Immigrant victims are protected by federal law.