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Declaration of Victims’ Rights

The Victims’ Rights Amendment to the Utah Constitution:

Guarantees victims of crime the right to be treated with fairness, respect, and dignity, and to be free from harassment and abuse throughout the criminal justice process.

Guarantees victims of crime the right upon request to be informed of, to be present at, and to be heard at important criminal justice proceedings.

Provides crime victims with a constitutional right to prompt and final conclusion of the case.

Ensures the court has all relevant information when sentencing a defendant.

Eliminates the constitutional requirement that crime victims testify at preliminary hearings, especially when there is no good reason for doing so and when testifying may be extremely traumatic.

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