What is Marsy’s Law?

Marsy’s Law is seeking to elevate key rights of crime victims into the state’s Constitution to ensure that victims have rights that are equal, in stature, to the constitutional rights of the accused and convicted. These constitutional protections for crime victims would include the following rights:

• To be treated with fairness and dignity and with respect for the victim’s safety and privacy throughout the criminal justice process;
• To be informed, as further provided by statute, when the accused is released from custody or has escaped;
• To have the safety of the victim and the victim’s family considered in setting the conditions and the amount of bail and post-conviction release;
• To be present at and, upon request, to reasonable notice of all public trial proceedings involving the criminal or juvenile criminal conduct, as further provided by statute and court rules;
• To address the court at any public proceeding involving a release, a plea or sentencing, disposition, restitution or parole as further provided by statute;
• To refuse an interview or other request by the accused or the accused’s attorney;
• To confer, upon request, with the prosecution regarding the rights of the victim pursuant to this section;
• To notice and to be heard before a court ruling on a request for access to any of the victim’s records, information, or communications that are privileged or confidential by law;
• To proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and
• To be informed of victims’ constitutional rights.