Victim Services offers crime victims and their families support and information at every stage of the criminal process. Victims have rights, and the Department of Public Safety is committed to ensuring that those rights are protected. Victim Services works to answer questions and to provide you useful and timely information.
VICTIM AND WITNESS BILL OF RIGHTS
Victims have the right “to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice process.”
Victims have rights in relation to “important criminal justice hearings” which include preliminary hearings, arraignments, disposition of charges, conditions of release/bail hearings, trials, sentencing hearings, and parole hearings. a) Victims have the right, upon request, to be informed of all important criminal justice hearings. b) Victims have the right to be present at and to be heard at arraignments, disposition of charges, conditions of release/bail hearings, and sentencing hearings. c) Victims have the right to be present at (but not to be heard at) preliminary hearings and trials. d) These rights apply to all felonies in adult courts and to juvenile cases involving offenses that would be felonies if committed by an adult.
Victims and witnesses have the right to reasonable employer intercession services to minimize loss of pay and benefits.
Victims and witnesses have the right to be informed as to the level of protection available to protect them from intimidation and harm.
Victims and witnesses have the right to a secure waiting area that does not require them to be in close proximity to defendants and offenders.
Victims have a right to privacy and should not be forced to disclose their address, telephone number, place of employment, or other locating information, without a compelling reason.
Victims have the right to have a sentencing judge, for the purpose of imposing an appropriate sentence, receive and consider reliable information concerning the background, character, and conduct of those convicted.
Victims have the right to restitution when appropriate and may also be eligible for reparations.
Victims have a right to a speedy trial and disposition of charges.
Additional Rights for Children
The right to have interviews relating to a criminal prosecution kept to a minimum.
The right to be questioned in a manner that is appropriate to the child’s age and understanding. The right not to be questioned in a manner that implies they are responsible for the inappropriate behavior of adults.
The right to protection from physical and emotional abuse during their involvement with the criminal justice process.
The right to be informed of available community resources and how to gain access to those resources.
For more information please contact:
SAKI Victim Advocate
R477-2-3. Fair Employment Practice and Discrimination. All state personnel actions shall provide equal employment opportunity for all individuals. (1) Employment actions including appointment, tenure or term, condition or privilege of employment shall be based on the ability to perform the essential duties, functions, and responsibilities assigned to a particular position. (2) Employment actions may not be based on race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected activity under the anti-discrimination statutes, political affiliation, military status or affiliation or any other non-job related factor, except as provided under Subsection 67-19-15(2)(b)(ii). (3) An employee who alleges unlawful discrimination may: (a) submit a complaint to the agency head; and (b) file a charge with the Utah Labor Commission Antidiscrimination and Labor Division within 180 days of the alleged harm, or directly with the EEOC within 300 days of the alleged harm. (4) A state official may not impede any employee from the timely filing of a discrimination complaint in accordance with state and federal requirements.