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NCJ Number: 236954 Find in a Library
Title: Victims Guide to the D.C. Criminal Justice System
Corporate Author: Council for Court Excellence
United States of America
Date Published: October 1991
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Council for Court Excellence
Washington, DC 20005
Public Welfare Foundation
Washington, DC 20009-4443
Sale Source: Council for Court Excellence
1111 14th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Document: Text
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Victim’s Guide to the D.C. (District of Columbia) Criminal Justice System explains the features of case processing in the criminal justice system, services available at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and at the D.C. courthouse, victim/witness rights, programs available to victims and witnesses, transportation to the court, building locations, and a case diary.
Abstract: The features of case processing by the D.C. criminal justice system encompass arrest; “papering” (information about the charged crime and the accused presented by the police to the prosecutor’s office); felony presentment/misdemeanor arraignment; preliminary hearing; grand jury; felony arraignment; status hearings; witness conferences; trial; testifying; and sentencing hearing. Services available at the U.S. Attorney’s Office include a Victim/Witness Assistance Unit, a cafeteria, witness waiting rooms for meetings with a prosecutor. Services available at the D.C. Courthouse are a public information desk, the pretrial services agency, a child care center, a cafeteria, and witness waiting rooms for use prior to a court appearance. Issues pertinent to victim/witness rights include victim impact statements, victim compensation, return of property, freedom from intimidation, the defense attorney, and witness fees. Programs available to victims and witnesses include the crime victims compensation program, the crime victims assistance program, victim/witness assistance from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Capitol Police, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the National Organization for Victim Assistance, and the Citizens’ Complaint Center. The Case Diary provides a format for entering information pertinent to victim/witness matters.
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): District of Columbia; Victim compensation; Victim impact statements; Victim services; Victim-witness programs; Victims rights
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