Answer

Marsy’s Law is seeking to elevate key rights of crime victims into the state’s Constitution to ensure that victims have rights that are equal, in stature, to the constitutional rights of the accused and convicted. These constitutional protections for crime victims would include the following rights:

- Right to reasonable and timely notice, upon request, of all public proceedings

- Right to be present at all public proceedings

- Right to be heard in any public proceeding involving a release, plea, sentencing, or other matter involving the right of the victim

- Right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay

- Right to reasonable protection from the accused and those acting on behalf of the accused

- Right to timely notice, upon request, of release or escape of the accused

- Right to full and timely restitution

- Right to fairness and due consideration of the victim’s safety, dignity and privacy

- Right to be informed of these enumerated rights

- Standing to enforce these rights

Finally, Marsy’s Law includes a clause on enforceability, so that if a victim of crime feels that any of their rights have been violated, they will have standing to petition the judge for a remedy.