Victims Rights in Ontario

Victims Rights in Ontario

Summary of Victims Rights in Ontario

Victims of crime should be treated with courtesy, compassion and respect and have access to information about:

  • Their rights

  • Services that are available to assist them

  • Protective measures to prevent unlawful intimidation/safety planning

  • Their option as victims of sexual assault to be interviewed by follow-up investigators of the same gender (when resources permit)

  • Progress of investigations

  • Charges laid in respect to a crime

  • If no charges are laid, the reason why

  • Victims role in prosecution

  • Interim release and conditions of the accused

  • Prompt return of property once it is no longer required

  • Dates and places of all significant proceedings that relate to the prosecution

  • Any pre-trial arrangements that relate to a plea

  • Sentencing in the event of a conviction

  • Victim impact statements

  • Publication bans

  • Restitution