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Victim Rights


Rights within the Judicial System

If you are the victim of a crime, or if you are the close relative or guardian of a deceased victim, you have the following rights:

  1. The right to be treated with fairness and respect for their dignity and privacy throughout the criminal justice process.

  2. The right to notification of court proceedings.

  3. The right to communicate with the prosecution.

  4. The right to make a statement to the court at the sentencing.

  5. The right to information about the conviction, sentence, imprisonment and release of the accused.

  6. The right to timely disposition of the case following the arrest of the accused.

  7. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused through the criminal justice process.

  8. The right to be present at the trial and all other court proceedings on the same basis as the accused, unless the victim is to testify and the court determines that the victim's testimony would be materially affected if the victim hears other testimony at trial.

  9. The right to have present at all court proceedings, subject to the rules of evidence, an advocate or other support person of the victim's choice.

  10. The right to restitution.


Rights with a Victim's Employer
As of August 25, 2003, victims of domestic violence have a right to take unpaid leave from their job under the Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA).



Contact Information
State's Attorney's Office
18 N. County St.
4th Floor
Waukegan, IL 60085
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