Victim Services

 

"To preserve and protect victims' rights to justice and due process regardless of race, sex, age, religion, economic, status, victims of crime have the right to:"

  • be treated with fairness, respect and dignity;
  • be free from intimidation or harm throughout the criminal and juvenile justice process;
  • be informed about victims' rights;
  • be reasonably informed about criminal proceedings;
  • be informed if the accused is arrested, released, or escapes;
  • confer with the prosecution before the case is heard in court;
  • be present at criminal proceedings where the accused has the right to be present;
  • be heard at proceedings affecting bond, bail, release, pleas or sentencing;
  • have reasonable access to documents relating to the crime before trial;
  • receive restitution from the adult or juvenile offenders;
  • a reasonable, prompt and final conclusion of the case;



The penalty for violating the Victims' Bill of Rights is:

  • Writ of mandamus, issued by Supreme Court or circuit court to require compliance
  • A willful failure to comply with a writ of mandamus is punishable as contempt

Excerpt from the Constitution of South Carolina, Article I, Section 24
(This is a condensed reference and is not intended to substitute for the law.)