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NCJ Number: 212051 Find in a Library
Title: Lawyers Handbook: Rules and Statutes, Eighth Edition
Corporate Author: West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund
United States of America
Date Published: April 2005
Page Count: 50
Sponsoring Agency: West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund
Charleston, WV 25305-0610
Sale Source: West Virginia Crime Victims Compensation Fund
West Virginia Court of Claims
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Room W-334
Charleston, WV 25305-0610
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This handbook presents West Virginia's rules and statutes, revised in April 2005, that pertain to compensation for innocent crime victims who have suffered personal injury and incurred out-of-pocket costs due to the criminally injurious conduct of another person.
Abstract: In 1981, the West Virginia Legislature enacted legislation that created the crime victims program within the State's court of claims. This handbook presents sections of article 2A of the legislation, which pertains to compensation awards to crime victims. This is followed by sections of article 2B, which address the distribution of crime profits. This article provides that when a person convicted of a crime later profits as a result of that crime, such profits should be used to compensate the crime victims who were damaged as a result of the commission of the crime, as well as the taxpayers who paid for the prosecution or incarceration of the defendant, or both. Article 8B is also included in the handbook. It creates "The Forensic Medical Examination Fund" for sex offense cases, which is a special fund in the State treasury that holds the appropriations made to the fund by the legislature for this purpose. The text of article 5 is also included in the handbook, which pertains to mandatory costs assessed upon conviction of a felony. The handbook also includes rules of practice and procedure of the court of claims under the compensation act, guidelines for crime scene cleanup and relocation costs, copies of forms used in the court of claims subpoena, a crime victims compensation fund application, attorney fee voucher, and statute changes.
Main Term(s): Victim compensation
Index Term(s): Attorneys; State laws; Victim services; West Virginia
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